Pune PMC News | Municipal Corporation Takes Action on Dangerous Mansions in Pune
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Pune : Pune PMC News | The Municipal Corporation of Pune has served notices to 80 hazardous mansions (Wada) located in various Peths (localities) across the city, out of which 30 have already been demolished. However, there is still work to be done regarding 50 remaining dangerous mansions. The city of Pune has a rich history of palace culture, with most of the palaces being two to three stories high and featuring open courtyards. Kasba Peth, Shukravar Peth, Ravivar Peth, Sadashiv Peth, Navi Peth, Shanivar Peth, Narayan Peth, Somvar Peth, Magalvar Peth, Budhvar Peth, Rasta Peth, Bhawani Peth, Ghorpade Peth, Suruvar Peth, Ganj Peth, Nana Peth, and Ganesh Peth are home to hundreds of square and rectangular-shaped mansions, many of which are more than 150 years old. Unfortunately, due to their deteriorating condition, these mansions often collapse during the monsoon season, resulting in casualties.


Disputes between owners and tenants have led to many mansions remaining unrepaired for years. To address this issue, the municipality conducts an annual survey categorizing the mansions as dangerous, extremely dangerous, or repairable. Notices are issued to these mansions, instructing the owners to either repair or demolish them. If the residents fail to take action, the Municipal Corporation steps in to demolish the dangerous structures.


Tech Bureau Eng. Pvt Ltd. has been appointed by the Municipal Corporation to conduct the survey of mansions in the Peths. Several teams from the organization have been working on the survey since January, identifying 80 dangerous mansions thus far. While six mansion owners have objected to the demolition, residents of ten mansions have provided written guarantees to take down the structures themselves. Additionally, legal proceedings are ongoing for four mansions.


Interestingly, it has been revealed that the municipal administration neglects to conduct surveys or inspections of dangerous buildings in the city before the monsoon season. While new constructions in villages fall under the jurisdiction of the municipal administration, older buildings and squatter houses within the city limits, which are more than thirty years old, should be subject to structural audits. However, the administration appears to have overlooked this important aspect.


According to Yuvraj Deshmukh, the Executive Engineer of the Construction Department at the Municipal Corporation, while an annual survey of mansions in the central part of the city is conducted, the responsibility of conducting annual structural audits falls on building owners or relevant societies. This requirement is outlined clearly in construction regulations, emphasizing the need for structural audits of buildings over thirty years old.


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