BMC urges 7,500 residents to vacate risky buildings before monsoon

Mumbai: The BMC has urged around 7,500 residents living in 619 dilapidated buildings across the city to vacate their homes before monsoon strikes. The civic body has identified 619 buildings in C-1 or “dangerous to live” category and issued notices to residents to vacate them. In 2017, the BMC had identified 791 dilapidated structures across the city. Buildings in the C-2 category require major structural repairs while those in the C-3 category need minor repairs.

As a part of a monsoon-preparedness initiative, the civic body identifies buildings at risk of collapse during rain every year. Of the 619 structures, the BMC has already had 72 buildings evacuated and is demolishing them, while a proposal to demolish 41 others has been tabled. Nidhi Choudhari, deputy municipal commissioner, said most buildings that require major repairs and are in a dangerous condition are from Kurla and Ghakopar, with 106 and 51 structures,

respectively. “Electricity and water connections of around 120 buildings have been snapped so far. We have also informed the police department about structures that need to be vacated,” Choudhari said, adding that a similar process is being followed for other dilapidated structures as well. Civic officials, however, point out that getting residents to leave their homes is difficult, as residents often go to court and get a stay on demolition. “A structural audit is carried out to check the condition of the building and declare the level of danger, a senior civic official said.

Following an evacuation notice from the BMC, around 70% of the residents of Chouhan building in Andheri (West) had vacated their houses fearing that the structure may collapse. Some residents who still occupy the homes fear that the building can collapse any moment and are of the opinion that the civic body should make some provision for residents.


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