A 65-year-old retired faculty principal, Mumtaj Sudhanwala, died, whereas six folks had been rescued after a portion of four-storey 100- year-old constructing, Razzaq Chambers, in Dongri collapsed on Wednesday.
The constructing had 12 tenants, together with eight residential and 4 industrial, and was a Maharashtra Housing and Space Growth Authority (Mhada) cessed construction. Mhada officers stated a serious tragedy was averted as greater than 40 residents vacated the premises on Tuesday evening after noticing cracks. Mhada officers stated they had been to hold out repairs on Wednesday morning. Sudhanwala used to remain alone in her tenanted room, whereas her family members keep in Mumbra.
Cessed buildings are constructions older than 1969, with a number of being over 100 years previous that pay a restore cess or tax to Mhada. These are largely tenanted properties with the rents right here frozen underneath the Lease Management Act. There are over 14,000 such buildings within the island metropolis. The authorities are additionally probing whether or not restore works carried out by a restaurant situated within the constructing weakened the construction.
A Mhada official stated, “We’re allotting homes to residents in transit camps. We are going to get a construction stability report to determine whether or not repairs ought to be carried out or the constructing ought to be demolished and redeveloped. There was no proposal for redevelopment of the constructing.”
Afzal Dawoodani, whose brother lived on the primary flooring of the constructing, stated, “The owner made calls for that no developer may comply with, which, in flip, delayed the redevelopment. We wish police to ebook the owner. Fortunately, my brother got here to my home final evening.”
Vinod Gosalkar, chairman of Mhada restore and redevelopment board, stated, “The precedence is to make sure that all residents get short-term shelter in our transit camps. There are allegations that the restaurant proprietor had undertaken restore works because of which the construction collapsed, and therefore even that angle shall be investigated. The owner may even be booked, if we discover any lapses. We now have now appointed an architect who will put together a report on whether or not the constructing ought to be repaired or redeveloped. Talks had been happening with a developer, however he didn’t have the permission to hold out the redevelopment.’’
Final week, two folks had been killed and one individual was injured after a part of a ground-plus-two construction—one other cessed constructing — collapsed in Nagpada in Byculla. It was given permission to redevelop, nonetheless, the developer failed to begin the method. The Mumbai Police booked the developer.
“A significant accident was averted,’’ stated mayor Kishori Pednekar, who visited the positioning.
Native Congress chief Javed Juneja stated, “The compound has two constructions. One is a constructing having 12 tenants, and the opposite construction is a chawl. Each the constructions are cessed constructions. After the collapse of the constructing, the chawl was additionally vacated. Identical to the Nagpada incident, a portion of the bathroom collapsed. There are literally thousands of such buildings in south Mumbai, and the state ought to guarantee no extra lives are misplaced.”