Day after: PMC caught on wrong foot

Sayali

PMC unable to explain delay in detecting the illegal structure under construction for a year

A DAY after 11 persons died in a building collapse, the civic body was unable to explain the delay in detecting the illegal structure under construction for a year as it had served notice only on September 1. However, this was not the only illegal building under construction. Eight buildings in the Survey No 7 of Dhankawadi which were under construction had alarmed the local ward office over their legality.

On August 26, the Dhankawadi ward office had sent a letter to PMC Building Control Department about 14 buildings, including eight in the Survey No 7 where the incident took place on Monday, that were under construction and raised doubts over their legality.

The letter stated that as per the rules, the building under construction should have a board displaying the details of permission sanctioned by PMC along with the details of the building and developer. "The list of constructions that don't display the details about the PMC permission raises doubt over its legality," it stated. The list included buildings under construction along with the name of the owner of the property but did not feature the name of those booked in Monday's building collapse.

"We are supposed to bring to the notice of the Building Control Department any illegal construction and it's up to them to verify," said a panel officer of the area.

Vasant Patil, assistant municipal commissioner of Dhankawadi ward office, said his office did not have such communication with the Building Control Department but said inputs from juniors only intimate about the structures that raise doubts about their legality.

Assistant engineer of Dhankawadi ward office R R Kulkarni refused to give details of the list of buildings submitted to Building Department saying he had no powers to give information.

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