With monsoon knocking on the doors, threat’s looming on old and dilapidated buildings of the city. Keeping this in view, the Jodhpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) has issued notices to owners of 50 such buildings in the city.
JMC commissioner Suresh Kumar Ola said the owners of these buildings have been issued notices and asked either to get them repaired or raze them on their own.
“If they fail to comply with the notices, the JMC will demolish the buildings and the expenditure incurred would be recovered from the owner of the buildings along with penalty,” said Ola.
But in reality, seriousness over the issue has always evaded the JMC, which routinely fails to take a follow up of its notices and waits for falling of such buildings.
Last year, buildings in a dilapidated condition collapsed during monsoon at 3 locations including Sardarpura, Ada Bazar and Tripoliya. In the first incident, a woman died after getting buried under the debris.
Interestingly, these spots are still crying for JMC attention as debris remain.
An employee associated with the encroachment wing of JMC admitted the negligence of the civic body.
“We serve the notices to owners as a routine exercise but in reality nobody cares to comply with them. Recovering money from them in a follow up action is also a big challenge,” he said.
Most of such properties are located in narrow lanes of old city and sending the resources to these locations is in itself a big challenge.