Mumbai: New BMC cell to look into dangerous structures
The collapse of Siddhi Sai building in Ghatkopar West pushed the BMC to set up such a department for speeding up repairs of buildings that are more than 30 years old
Siddhi Sai Apartment in Ghatkopar West collapsed on July 25. File pic
In a move that could streamline pending issues and disputes regarding redevelopment and repairs of dilapidated buildings, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has proposed to create a separate cell for the same.
The collapse of Siddhi Sai building in Ghatkopar West pushed the BMC to set up such a department for speeding up repairs of buildings that are more than 30 years old.
According to civic officials, in the BMC's jurisdiction, every year over 100 buildings are declared dilapidated. However, in most cases, there are disputes among residents, landlords and developers over the redevelopment.
A three-member committee headed by Additional Municipal Commissioner Vijay Singhal, probing the Siddhi Sai collapse, suggested having a separate cell headed by a senior officer to deal with cases of dilapidated buildings.
On July 25, the four-storeyed Siddhi Sai Apartment collapsed after Shiv Sena leader Sunil Shitap did illegal alterations on its ground floor, killing 17.
Speaking to mid-day, Singhal said, "The purpose of the dedicated cell will be to issue letters to the managements of the buildings that are over 30 years old."
"In many cases, after a building completes 30 years, neither the society nor local civic officials bother about gettings its structural audit done. After gathering data of such buildings, the cell will send the letters," he added.
"With the help of data available with the assessor and collection department, we will get to know the age of the buildings. We plan to create a software under which an alert will be issued for structural audits of buildings that complete 30 years."
For creating the database of such buildings, the civic body will also take the help of its water department and building proposal department.
The software will also incorporate follow-up action, such as prosecution of societies that did not undergo structural audit.
No. of extremely dilapidated buildings in city till April 2017
No. of dilapidated buildings in which people continue to stay
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