MHADA Says 21 Mumbai Structures Pose High Risk of Collapse Ahead of Monsoon

MHADA Says 21 Mumbai Structures Pose High Risk of Collapse Ahead of Monsoon

The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) has formally declared 21 cessed buildings in Mumbai as under the risk of collapse during this monsoon. 

The Esplanade Mansion situated in front of Kala Ghoda makes it to the high-risk category along with structures at Babula Tank, Bhoiwada, Mumbadevi, VP Road, Sonapur, Umarkhadi, Mazagaon, Girgaum, Khetwadi, and Nagpada to name a few.

Chairman of MHADA’s Mumbai Repair and Reconstruction Board, Vinod Ghosalkar said on Tuesday that the agency conducted the annual survey of cessed structures between May and June. 

“Of the 21 structures that are at risk, 10 figured in our 2020 list as well. There were 460 residents of whom 193 have made their own arrangements and vacated. We have shifted 20 people and are devising rehabilitation plans for 247 others shortly. We will visit each of the 21 buildings and urge people to move to transit camps, though these are located in the suburbs not South Mumbai,” he said.

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However, MHADA is currently facing opposition from current tenants who are seeking reinstatement in the buildings. “I will meet them personally, and I’m sure they will heed to my request. We have the power to forcibly evict, but we’ll exercise restraint,” he said.

He added that MHADA’s 24-hour helpline will continue to function during the monsoon. This helpline was put in place as a disaster management measure for cessed buildings. 

Ghosalkar also credited Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for not acting on the Central Government’s Model Tenancy Act 2021. “The law does not apply to Maharashtra as yet, and we are confident that our own existent Rent Control Act is in tenants' best interests. The Centre's law seems to favour the landlords. Still the CM has called for consultations and sought varied opinions. The matter will be debated in the assembly,” he said. 

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