After court orders, residents of Mumbai’s Gitanjali building start demolishing dilapidated structures
Four days after a dilapidated building collapsed in Mumbai’s Borivali on Friday, the residents of the other buildings inside Gitanjali complex were on Tuesday seen demolishing the structures on their own after receiving directives from the Bombay High Court on Saturday. The buildings were declared dilapidated by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) under the C1 category (extremely dangerous) after a structural audit in 2020.
Gitanjali building, located in Saibaba Nagar in Borivali West, had a total of four wings — A, B1, B2, and B3 — and all of them were declared C1 category dilapidated buildings by BMC in 2020. Wing A, a ground+4 structure, collapsed on Friday at 12.30 pm, minutes after its residents vacated the building after the structure started shaking.
After wing A collapsed, BMC vacated the three other wings on Friday itself and demolished wing B1 as it stood just beside the collapsed structure and hence posed greater concern for the civic body.