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BMC releases list of legal dilapidated buildings in Mumbai

There are many illegal shanties, but they are not included in the dilapidated structures list. The BMC issued notices to them under Section 351 (unauthorized structures) instead of section 354 (dilapidated structures).

BMC releases list of legal dilapidated buildings in Mumbai
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Ahead of the monsoons, the BMC publishes a list of dilapidated structures in the city and asks residents to vacate them every year. Despite this, many tenants continue to stay in these buildings.

In the latest data released by the BMC, there are 407 dilapidated buildings in the city, which include 424 private structures, 57 under the civic body’s jurisdiction and 26 government buildings.

This comes after two buildings have been collapsed this week as heavy rains lashed Mumbai with the arrival of monsoons.

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Out of the total structures, 148 dangerous buildings have been demolished by the municipality. Meanwhile, the electricity and water connections of 112 buildings have been cut off.

Meanwhile, of the 26 government buildings mentioned in the list, 25 are from Punjab Colony, GTB Nagar. Out of the 57 buildings under BMC’s jurisdiction, 18 are from the Park Site Colony, Vikhroli.

After the civic body issues the list, it takes action by cutting off electricity and water supply but even after that, some tenants refuse to vacate the structures and approach the high court to secure stay orders. Of the 407 dilapidated buildings, 90 per cent is from last year’s list.

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Last year, the HC vacated the stay order on 23 such buildings and the BMC took action against most of them. However, around 73 cases are still in court. The BMC cannot take action against these buildings.

Of the rest, 107 buildings have been vacated, whereas 18 buildings have been proffered to the Technical Advisory Committee.

In Kurla, there were 103 dilapidated buildings in 2018, but the number reduced to 23 after the BMC made two separate lists — one of the dilapidated buildings and another of illegal structures.

There are many illegal shanties, but they are not included in the dilapidated structures list. The BMC issued notices to them under Section 351 (unauthorised structures) instead of section 354 (dilapidated structures). But people from these buildings, too, go to court, delaying the demolition process, said a BMC official. Earlier, a total of 485 buildings have been found to be in menacing conditions across the city of Mumbai.

According to reports, the maximum number of dilapidated buildings — 49 — is from H West ward. The N ward has 47 dilapidated buildings. The K West and K East wards have 70 such structures. The P/North and T wards have 25 and 35 dilapidated structures respectively. B ward has only one such structure, while L ward has 13, M/East has two and H/ East has 18.

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