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Navi Mumbai: NMMC declares 475 buildings dangerous, 18 more than last year

08:18 PM Jun 12, 2021 | Amit Srivastava

Navi Mumbai, June 12: While the monsoon set in the city, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has issued the list of dangerous buildings in the city. The city has a total of 475 buildings that have been declared dangerous under section 265 of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act after a ward-wise survey was conducted. Of the 475 buildings, 65 structures fall under the C-1 category or high-risk.

During 2020-21 survey, the civic body had found a total of 457 buildings dangerous and there is a rise in the number of dilapidated structures.

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As per the list, 65 buildings are in the high-risk category, uninhabitable and 94 buildings fall under the C-2A category. “Both C-1 and C-2A buildings are required to be vacated immediately. While the C-1 category buildings should be demolished while the C-2A building requires structural audit and repair,” said an official from NMMC’s Encroachment department.

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Of the total 475 dangerous buildings, there are 259 buildings fall under the B category as well as 57 buildings falling under the C-3 category that require minor building repairs. The list is dangerous buildings are also available at NMMC’s website www.nmmc.gov.in.

Buildings that have been declared as dangerous are sent notice under Section 264 of Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act. The notice states that the owners or occupants of the dangerous buildings have been informed to stop using them for residential or commercial purposes. It also clearly states that the electrical and water connections of the C-1 category building will be disconnected.

“The civic body has advised to the owner or occupants to stop for the residential or commercial purpose immediately and demolish it as these buildings can collapse and cause loss of life and property,” said the official.

Last year, the civic body had asked other buildings which are more than 30 years old and are being used for habitants to undergo for structural audit as per the Section 265 (a) of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act. The date of the building will be considered when the occupation certificate (fully or partially) was issued.

The civic body will impose a Rs 25,000 penalty for not carrying out the structural audit and submitting the report in time. The penalty will be collected at the time of the collection of annual property tax. The responsibility of carrying out the structural audit lies with owners or occupants. Meanwhile, the civic body has made available the list of engineers at its official website for carrying out the structural audit.

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