MUMBAI: Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said on December 10 in the house that out of the six thousand buildings identified for structural audits in Mumbai only 415 had complied with the order. The megacity of Mumbai seems to sitting on hundreds of ‘building bombs’ which may kill residents upon their collapse anytime in future.
Of total 6,242 buildings identified for structural audits in the city, only 415 have done so, revealed none other than Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. Chavan in his written reply on the floor of the house during question hour revealed that the BMC had found around 39,534 buildings that were built more than 30 years ago. Of these buildings around 6,242 buildings have been issued notices asking them to conduct structural audits,” said Chavan.
According to sources many of these shortlisted societies might be having serious problems regarding their structural strength given the salty weather conditions which affect the concrete and steel besides the structural changes that are made frequently by residents in the city.
In a written reply, Chavan stated that in a written reply also revealed that shocking the developers of nearly 421 housing projects approved under the slum rehabilitation scheme had been issued notices for not starting the work on the ground within the deadline. And this all despite state mitigating all formalities required to start the work, he added.
“In many of these cases, it has been found that the work had not been started on the ground despite the scheme getting approval for construction, overall development plan and land ownership. It has been found that developers are involved in more than one SRA scheme and indulge in many other irregularities,” Chavan mentioned in his reply. According to him several Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) schemes in the eastern and western suburbs were stuck due to disputes over land reservation and other issues. To another query, CM denied that the Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority had suffered losses in its Goregaon redevelopment project although an audit revealed the losses to the tune of Rs260-crore loss.