AURANGABAD: The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has said it would "forcefully" evacuate occupants of 19 dilapidated buildings in the limits of the civic body.
As per the state government's instructions, the action was expected to be taken well ahead of the monsoon season but municipal commissioner Harshdeep Kamble said the occupants did not respond to the notices of the civic body and caused delay. "Despite notices being served to the occupants, they are continuing their stay in buildings falling under the high risk category. Nevertheless, the AMC will now seal all such buildings in the next 8-10 days. I have already passed the orders in this regard," he said while talking to reporters on Friday.
Denying any delay on its part, Kamble said the civic body had begun survey of all the dilapidated buildings on time. "In the notices, we told the occupants and property owners about the risk factors involved in staying in such buildings, but they did not respond," he said, adding that the AMC would not immediately demolish the building, but it would only evacuate its occupants.
In its survey, the AMC had found 58 structures falling under the 'high risk' category. Shivaji Zanzan, AMC's chief fire officer, said, "Of the 58 buildings, ten are very old and may prove hazardous and 30 are equally dangerous. The remaining structures are also unsafe for residents. However, the municipal commissioner will take a final call on the matter," he said.
Besides, Kamble also talked about some of the ambitious projects that could change the face of the city. "We will try our best to implement the water distribution project, but if we could not bring it in reality, the AMC will work on another option. We have already built another approach canal in the Jayakwadi dam," he said. Expressing satisfaction over water supply water during peak summer, he said, "We have managed the show within available resources."
Besides strengthening the water distribution system, the civic body is also working on improving the drainage system, he said.
"We have recently sent a proposal to the state government seeking funds for underground drainage system. To be executed in phases, the project will significantly improve the waste management system in the city," Kamble said.
He added that the AMC was expecting additional funds of Rs 30-40 crore from the state government to develop city roads.