dna special: Noble House residents in Mumbai living in fear following slab collapse

Wednesday, 1 January 2014 - 8:13am IST | Agency: DNA

It was a few weeks back that a three-year-old boy died after a slab from the ceiling of his house at Masjid Bunder collapsed. Now the tenants of Noble House building, live under constant fear a building collapse. The building has developed several cracks in its columns and beams. The landlord has promised to take up the repair work, but he has not yet given any date, leaving the tenants jittery.

After the Masjid Bunder ceiling collapse, the residents demanded that the entire building should be repaired. The BMC had asked the landlord to carry out a structural audit of the building and submit the report.

Building residents said they thought it was a brand new RCC building when they bought their homes, but it turned out to be a load-bearing structure. Parts of the ceiling are sinking and leakages are very common in most flats.

Fifty-six members of the seven-storey Noble House gathered to discuss the repair work but the property owner didn’t attend the meeting. 

“We have been requesting the landlord to get the entire building repaired. Three months ago, there was a ceiling collapse. That time also, the members asked the property owner to repair the building, but he never did so,” said a resident.

Salim Patel, who lost his son after the unfortunate accident, said that the landlord has already started the repair of his house. “I was told that the roof of my flat would be fixed. Now there are talks that the entire building would be repaired,” said Patel, adding that they have been given a neighbouring flat as an alternative accommodation.

Meanwhile, the civic ward office has sought all details and plans of the building from Maharashtra Housing & Area Development Authority (MHADA). The ward office had raised some questions regarding the legality of the fifth, sixth and seventh floors of the building. “The matter is being scrutinised,” said a senior civic official from B-ward.

No sign of repairs
After the Masjid Bunder ceiling collapse, the residents demanded that the entire building should be repaired. The BMC had asked the landlord to carry out a structural audit of the building and submit the report

Fifty-six members of the seven-storey Noble House gathered to discuss the repair work but the property owner didn’t attend the meeting.


Jump to comments

Around the web