Monday, November 29, 1999

BMC serves evacuation notices on 876 buildings in south Mumbai

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Mumbai, Jun 17 (PTI) Ahead of monsoon, a local civic body has slapped evacuation notices on owners of 876 dilapidated buildings in the city, almost 90 per cent of which are in south Mumbai. A pre-monsoon survey conducted by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) revealed 876 buildings, including those owned by it, are dilapidated. Of the 876 buildings, 24 owned by Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) have been identified as most vulnerable, according to the survey. Notices have been issued to owners of all dilapidated buildings, asking them to evacuate, officials said. It has also identified five municipal schools as temporary shelters in each of the 24 wards in the city. The civic body has handed over the list of these buildings to fire brigade department asking it to recce the areas where they are situated and sought building plan in the eventuality of rescue operations. 291 buildings are cessed (constructed before 1940), 429 non-cessed and 156 are BMC-owned buildings. Almost 90 per cent of these buildings are in the ''A'', ''B'' and ''C'' wards in the Island City, many in a state of imminent collapse, the survey said. These wards mostly have four to six storeyed buildings, constructed 100-125 years ago. Infrastructure is crumbling, roads and lanes are narrow and sewage and garbage disposal systems have collapsed, leading to severe unhygienic conditions, it said. Such structures act as a death trap, in case of tragic accidents, like fire, the survey pointed out.

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