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Raigad district on tinder box, Mumbra type disaster lurks

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Thane Building Collapse, India real estate news, Indian realty news, Property new, Home, Policy Advocacy, Activism, Mall, Retail, Office space, SEZ, IT/ITeS, Residential, Commercial, Hospitality, Project, Location, Regulation, FDI, Taxation, Investment, Banking, Property Management, Ravi Sinha, Track2Media, Track2RealtyTrack2Realty: Raising an alarm against rampant unauthorized construction in Raigad district, developers’ body MCHI-CREDAI’s unit has appealed to the authorities to take immediate action against errant people and save gullible home buyers from falling into a trap.

Shaken by the Mumbra building crash that claimed over 70 lives so far, MCHI CREDAI’s Raigad unit President Rajesh Prajapati said, “We have been writing to the various authorities for a long time drawing their attention to the menace of unauthorized construction going on literally unchecked.”

“What is even shocking is the fact that village panchayats are issuing permissions for construction that too by charging exorbitant rates though they are not authorized to do so,” Prajapati said and expressed his “shock and dismay” that the higher authorities and revenue officials are turning a blind eye to this dangerous aspect.

“This phenomenon is clearly seen in Raigad and Navi Mumbai areas and of it goes on unchecked, the society will witness a major havoc in near future,” he said.

“They are playing with the lives of people. Apart from the fact that the purchase of such unauthorized houses could turn out to be illegal, they could eve pose a danger to the people who will live there. They can collapse like the Mumbra building as there is absolutely no check on the quality of material being used,” he pointed out.

Following a series of letters, MCHI-CREDAI, Raigad received the copy of a forward letter from Ministry to the district collector asking him to look into the complaints.

MCHI CREDAI has earlier marked copies of its letter to the collector to the Chief Minister, The Urban Development Secretary, and to the Managing Director of CIDCO.

45 dies in Thane building collapse; 2 builders gone underground

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Thane Building Collapse, India real estate news, Indian realty news, Property new, Home, Policy Advocacy, Activism, Mall, Retail, Office space, SEZ, IT/ITeS, Residential, Commercial, Hospitality, Project, Location, Regulation, FDI, Taxation, Investment, Banking, Property Management, Ravi Sinha, Track2Media, Track2RealtyTrack2Realty-Agencies: 45 people have died, over 50 are injured, and 20 people are still missing as rescue workers continue to cut through the mangled steel and concrete remains of a seven-storey building which collapsed on Thursday evening, April 4, in Mumbai suburb Thane.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has ordered an enquiry to determine why local officials did not spot the illegal construction and stop it. The Deputy Municipal Commissioner has been suspended.

Among those who have died are 11 children. The victims were mostly poor daily wagers working at the construction site and their families.

An unimaginable price has been paid for gross negligence. Seven storeys came up in just six weeks, with sub-standard material. An eighth was under construction when the building caved in on itself. Homes, offices and shops had been set up within the building without an occupancy certificate.

A local resident named Mangal Patil had complained thrice since February about the building and even submitted photographs to the Thane Municipal Corporation, which is controlled by the Shiv Sena. He sent copies to the Chief Minister’s office, but says no one responded.

The Shiv Sena has passed the blame onto the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), saying its local MLA should have complained about the illegal building. NCP leaders counter that Thane has many illegal buildings and ask how the Sena-controlled civic body allowed these to come up.

In 2010, the government admitted that there were as many as five lakh illegal buildings in Thane. Three years later, just 11,000 have been demolished, a sign of the nexus between politicians, bureaucrats and builders.

The two builders responsible for the most recent disaster have gone underground. The police have filed a case against them of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.