Following the Dockyard Road building collapse incident on September 27, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has proposed a complete overhaul of its Estate Department. This department deals with all matters related to the corporation’s properties across the city.
The civic body wants to put in place a system through which the department can function better.
The civic administration had mooted the proposal following a review meeting on the Dockyard Road incident. Municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte has given his approval to it last week.
As per the proposal, the department will be headed by the deputy chief engineer. It will also have three executive engineers, six assistant engineers and twelve sub-engineers.
“The engineers are overburdened with work like providing alternate accommodation, following court cases and work related to properties on lease. So, we have decided to expand and restructure the Estate Department so that it can function better,” said SVR Srinivas, additional municipal commissioner.
The civic officials said that the move comes after it was observed that the department concerned could not allot alternate accommodation to residents of the Dockyard Road building on time due to the lack of manpower. “The posts of executive engineer and assistant engineer have been lying vacant for the past few months. The engineers are burdened with extra work,” said a senior civic official. “If the residents were given alternate accommodation on time, all the people could have been saved,” he added. At least 61 people had died in the incident.
Meanwhile, the civic administration has also issued a circular saying that at least 600 out of 3,500 civic buildings need to be structurally audited immediately. “The structural audit of 600 buildings will be carried out in the first phase as these seem to be in a dilapidated condition. The audit of the remaining buildings will be taken in the second phase,” added the civic official.
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