During rainy season, rickety buildings groaning on their foundations become a headache for the civic body. The municipal corporation has served notices on the owners of 96 such shaky structures to raze them on their own.
The city landscape is dotted with such buildings, parts of which keep collapsing throughout the year. However, officials say these buildings evade dismantling due to the ongoing tussle between the owners and the tenants.
Notices have been served in every zone. Most of the unsafe buildings are located in Zone A. As many as 45 such buildings have been identified here and their owners have been issued notices. Zones B, C and D have 13, 13 and 25 such structures respectively.
Most of the unsafe buildings are located in the old areas of the city, including Chaura Bazaar, Chauri Sadak, Jawahar Nagar Camp, Daresi, Gill Road, Field Ganj, Narriyan Mohalla, Jawaddi, Model Town Extension, Islam Ganj, Moti Nagar, Amarpura and Tajpur Road, among others.
MC assistant town planner Mohan Singh said, “We can only serve notices on owners for demolishing unsafe structures as during rainy season, chances of such buildings collapsing increase.” At times, he said, owners dismantle the structures but sometimes there are ongoing court cases or disputes due to which the buildings cannot be dismantled.
“So far, we have issued notices to owners of 96 unsafe structures,” he added.
Manoj Sharma, a resident of Field Ganj, said recently, a building was washed away during heavy rainfall in Delhi. Comparing the situation with the city, he said there are many such structures here as well. He urged the authorities to either dismantle or repair unsafe structures instead of serving notices.
A resident of Gill Road, K S Juneja, said, “In case any unsafe building collapses during rainfall, it can lead to a major tragedy as adjoining buildings can also get damaged. Unsafe structures should be removed by the civic body.”
While issuing a public notice, MC commissioner Pardeep Sabharwal has asked the owners of unsafe buildings to raze those. “During monsoon, such structures are at a higher risk. In case any such building collapses, its owner will be held responsible.”