MUMBAI: The Naik Nagar housing corporation, which was built in 1975 on a collection plot, was first put on notice by the BMC for repairs in 2013. In 2016, the BMC even cut off water and electricity to the company but the inhabitants refused to evacuate it. They had a structural auditor submit a report that the building was repairable.
Locals told TOI that most of those living in the building were rented and paid 8,000 rupees a month while elsewhere in kurla the monthly rent is over Rs 25,000. “The original tenants of the building did not live here and almost everyone here was a tenant,” said a resident of Jai Jawan Vasahut, located opposite the building destroy.
After the crash, BMC staff were seen at the site carrying large signs that read “Very dilapidated building”.
BMC Commissioner IS Chahal, who visited the site, said residents were repeatedly asked to leave the building. Instead, they got a structural audit from a certified auditor, who told them the building was repairable.
“After the building submitted this report to the civic body, it was removed from the list of dilapidated buildings and placed under the repair list,” Chahal said.
Mumbai Suburban Collector Nidhi Choudhari said the collector’s office has so far not received any redevelopment proposals from the company.
Last April, the BMC had identified 337 dilapidated buildings in Mumbai. According to BMC data, the most dilapidated buildings at 163 are in the western suburbs, followed by 104 in the eastern suburbs and 70 in the island city. This annual survey of dilapidated buildings is conducted before the monsoon.