Lokmat News Network

Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar:

The Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar Municipal Corporation (CSMC) has taken serious note of the newspaper reports about the danger posed by the dilapidated buildings in the city and has started an initiative to demolish the most dangerous dilapidated buildings. The anti-encroachment squad demolished a two-storey building in Begumpura on Tuesday and an old building in Old Mondha a few days ago.

According to CSMC sources, there are 48 dilapidated buildings in the city, of which 15 are in the most dilapidated condition. Therefore, they will be demolished in phases, while the remaining 33 buildings will be sealed after leaving residents’ possession.

Earlier, the CSMC would complete a formality by informing the owners of the dilapidated buildings about the demolition of the buildings, but it would not take any strict action. Therefore, the newspaper published several news reports highlighting how residents are staying in these buildings and endangering their lives.

On the orders of the administrator, the CSMC team conducted a survey and made an inventory of 48 dilapidated buildings. Later, notices were issued to them ordering them to vacate the property and voluntarily demolish it within three days. After the end of the notice period, the CSMC demolished a two-storey building at Old Mondha and another multi-storey building was demolished today.

The action was taken under the leadership of Acting Additional Commissioner Santosh Wahule and Deputy Commissioner Savita Sonawane by District Officer Sanjay Suradkar, Building Inspector Rameshwar Surase and his team. The building owner in Begumpura sought time to vacate their property and shift their household items. Later, the CSMC took action, city officials said.

33 buildings need to be sealed

The CSMC officials will seal 33 buildings that are in dilapidated condition. The possession of these buildings will be handed over to the owners after the end of the monsoon season. The owners and proprietors of the building should immediately move with their belongings, Santosh Wahule said, adding that a building in Pandariba has been sealed by the civic team.