Thane: Ulhasnagar civic body to remove mobile towers posing danger to structural stability of buildings
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Ulhasnagar: Mobile towers posing danger to the structural stability of the building may soon be removed by Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation. The authorities carried out a survey to find three out of the 147 dangerous buildings that have installed mobile towers.

After two building slab collapses killed 12 people in Ulhasnagar in the last more than 15 days. On June 14, Kumar Ailani, Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Ulhasnagar wrote a letter to Dr Raja Dayani, the municipal commissioner of UMC. Complaining to him about the illegal mobile towers on dangerous structures. The letter states after the slab collapse incident the UMC had carried out a survey to find 505 structures built with low-quality material and reconstructed the demolished illegal building after action from the authorities. Such dangerous buildings have mobile towers installed. "Our main concern is the safety of the residents who stay in. Whenever the building was constructed, it was not constructed calculating the weight of the mobile towers. They are weighing in tonnes and the dangerous structure can't bear its weight. Further may lead to collapsed killing few more. If the authorities take action and remove the structure it may save lives of many residents who stay in. Also, the benefit of the mobile tower is taken by the owner of the society. But when it comes to any mishap the common man suffers," added Ailani.

After the letter from Ailani, the Municipal Commissioner, Dayani had issued an order to the respective four wards in the corporation to carry out a survey. Asking to immediately remove such mobile towers from the dangerous structure. Also, to give a reply to Ailani's complaint within seven days.

The authorities in the survey found three of the 147 dangerous buildings have mobile towers. "We have already given notice to the three buildings having mobile towers. We ask them to start the procedure for the removal of mobile towers. Those mobile towers are weighing in tonnes and will take time for it's removal procedure. We have asked them to remove it on an immediate basis, as the removal procedure takes time," said Ganesh Shimpi, assistant municipal commissioner, ward committee 1, UMC.

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