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Bombay HC asks tenants to vacate Kurla building

The Bombay HC has directed about 70 residents of a building in Kurla to vacate within a week due to the dilapidated conditions.

Bombay HC asks tenants to vacate Kurla building
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The Bombay High Court has directed about 70 residents of a building in Kurla to vacate within a week due to the dilapidated conditions.

However, the Bombay HC rejected the appeal by the residents of the Chakkiwalla building to provide accommodations to its inhabitants under the Municipal Act and the Disaster Management Act. Justice Girish Kulkarni, in response, stated that a provision under section 30(2)(ii) of the Disaster Management Act to identify vulnerable areas and take steps to mitigate disasters does not mean that the civic body is obliged to do so.

The tenants had challenged a lower court order that had refused to restrain BMC from implementing a 2017 eviction notice after a technical advisory committee reportedly tagged the building as C-1 category which translates to very dangerous conditions which need to be vacated immediately. Even though a fresh order was issued, structural engineers stated again that the 40-year-old building could collapse anytime soon without warning.

Earlier in June, a portion of the Nita building, in Kurla, had collapsed at around 12 noon. Moreover, the ward L's Nita building in Mehtab lane was further sealed as it was in a dilapidated condition. The BMC in view of the situation had asked the residents to vacate the premises immediately.


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