The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) has declared seven buildings in the island city as ‘extremely dangerous’ in its annual pre-monsoon survey.
These buildings are said to be more than 50 years old and house 403 families. Apart from the seven buildings that come under the repair board of Mhada, there are 93 dilapidated buildings which fall under the jurisdiction of the BMC. State Housing Minister, Prakash Mehta said Mhada officials have managed to vacate 286 families from these seven buildings and have sent notices to the remaining 117 families to vacate. “Our survey has found that there are seven buildings in the most dangerous category. We are requesting the occupants to vacate the premises for their own safety,” Mehta said.
Mhada officials claimed that these buildings have outlived their utility and are supported by iron bars. Mehta added that 93 dilapidated buildings fall in C1 (dangerous) category of the municipal corporation. “The BMC is in the process of vacating them too,” he said.
The minister added that he has sought a list of “dangerous” buildings in the suburbs. According to him, there are more than 200 buildings in the suburbs that would fall in the ‘most dangerous’ category, and that the administration is working towards shifting the residents.