As Countdown For Monsoon Begins, Bmc Strives To Red-flag Dilapidated Structures, ET RealEstate

June 23, 2023

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BHOPAL: Around 450 dwellings in Bhopal are considered to be dilapidated according to government estimated.

Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) ward officials have been instructed to intimate any development that could hinder public safety. An estimated 2.8% of housing is dilapidated in the state capital, going by the last census of 2011. Monsoon is on the horizon and civic body emergency call centre is once again bracing up for the worst.

Conservationists are also calling for keep a close watch on any deliberate harm that could be caused to heritage properties. In 2017, conservationists had hit out at the BMC for bringing down a balcony Zeenat Mahal. Six years on, restoration efforts are yet to materialise.

Sources said since then there has been significant damage to the structure which connects to Shaukat Mahal as well. It is one of the last remaining privately owned royal palaces in the state capital.

There are five high capacity water retraction pumps that can be deployed for emergencies, said a BMC official. Each ward of the BMC has about four trucks and heavy machinery that can be utilised in case of crises. Emergency response team comprises of officials from various agencies including public works department, MPSEB and BMC.

Last count by the BMC identified around 450 buildings as dilapidated. Demolition is not an outright option, given most of these structures are under litigation, according to BMC. If the census is to be accounted the number of dangerous housing would be much higher.

The risk is high too. In urban areas increases the flood peaks to 1.8 to 8 times and flood volumes up to 6 times going by NDMA guidelines. It was visible in 2016, 2018 and once again in 2022 where heavy spell of rain in short span of time inundated low laying areas.

Given pre-monsoon activity, the civic body has listed out help numbers and detailed plan for 24×7 emergency support. Each year a survey of dilapidated housing is carried out. However, BMC officials admit if the risk to public is determined, litigation would not come in way of old buildings being demolished. Despite the threat, BMC has been reluctant in acting against the structures in the city. Several incidents have been reported in the past.

  • Published On Jun 22, 2023 at 12:00 PM IST

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