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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

88 families get 10 days to vacate dangerous bldgs

Mumbai: With monsoon almost at the doorstep, the Mumbai Building Repairs and Reconstruction Board (Mbrrb) has given 88 families living in Mhada cessed buildings, which have been declared dangerous, 10 days to relocate before they decide to forcibly evict them. 
    "We are not keen to take such action... but their lives are at stake. We are trying resolve their concerns over alternative accommodation and security at the earliest," said Sachin Ahri, minister of state for housing. 
    On Wednesday, Ahir and Mbrrb chairman Prasad Lad visited three of the 16 dangerous buildings and met the residents. After touring B and C wards—areas with the maximum number of dilapidated buildings—they observed that there was a general resistance to shifting. Of the 683 families living in the 16 buildings, 595 have relocated. "A few of them left on their own, while the rest have moved into transit camps," said Lad. 
    Tenants told Ahir and Lad they were willing to relocate except for the inconvenient locations and dilapidated condition of transit camps. "If I relocate to a transit camp, I will become a permanent refugee. I 
don't know if Mhada will redevelop the building," said a tenant. 
    Tenants of the three-storey Tahir Manzil in Grant Road have agreed to share the repair costs, but their landlord wants to redevelop the building. "Even if we accept redevelopment, he is neither showing us the building plans nor telling us that we will get additional area. It would be better if Mhada redevelops the building," said a tenant. 
    In Goverdhan Niwas on K M Zaveri Road in Bhuleshwar, a majority of the 37 tenants neither want to share the repair costs nor 
want the building to be redeveloped. Mhada has told the owners and tenants to come up with a mutual understanding regarding the redevelopment at the earliest. The Esplanade building and the C and D wings of Botawala chawl have featured on the dangerous buildings' list for the last five years. 
    Ahir told TOI that Mhada is discussing a proposal wherein a redevelopment plan would be approved with the consent of just 70% tenants. "We cannot allow a minority of 30% tenants to stop redevelopment," he said.

A notice declares Goverdhan Niwas in Bhuleshwar a dangerous, cessed building

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