A pre-monsoon survey carried out by the BMC, has shown a rise in the number of dilapidated buildings in Mumbai.
According to the BMC, there are 1,236 dilapidated structures, mostly in south Mumbai and parts of western suburbs. There is nearly a 29% rise as compared to last year of 959 buildings that were reported.
Out of the total buildings, 840 are privately-owned, non-cessed buildings, while the number of cessed structures included are 230. The list also has 166 buildings owned by the BMC. B (Dongri) ward has the highest number of such buildings, that is 129, followed by P-North (Malad), K-W (Andheri West), E (Byculla), L (Kurla) and wards, with 116, 94, 90, 89 and structures respectively. "Keeping last year in mind, when the city witnessed four incidents of building collapses, we have decided to be on a high alert while inspecting buildings," said a senior civic official.
The official added that the BMC carried out structural audits of the BMC buildings than relying on mere visual inspection this year. "We have also considered structural audit reports of private buildings while preparing the list. A proper procedure was followed this year. We have already issued notices to the occupants of buildings concerned. We request the residents to shift to safer place to avoid any untoward incident," the official said.
More than 80 persons had lost their lives in four buildings collapse incidents in Mahim, Dahisar, Dockyard and Vakola. Out of these, the Mahim, Dahisar and Dockyard, incidents were reported during rainy season last year.
Meanwhile, the BMC has moved a proposal to state government seeking amendment in the Mumbai Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act, 1888, to give civic chief powers to evict occupants of private buildings.
According to the provisions of the MMC and Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Acts, the civic body can only serve eviction notices to occupants of dangerous buildings, warning them of likely untoward incident. But it cannot evict occupants, who continue to stay despite notices being served to them as has been the experience.