<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to form a separate cell for dilapidated buildings in the city. The cell or the department will keep records of all dilapidated buildings and ensure that incidents like the Sai Siddhi building collapse in July are prevented.The proposal, which is at the initial stage of planning, is aimed at ensuring audit of every building that has completed 30 years. “The cell will ensure that the civic body must have complete information of dilapidated buildings, and also how many new buildings will require structural audit in the next five years,” said an official from the Building Proposal department of BMC.“With rapid construction and alleged compromise in construction materials, the city will have more number of dilapidated buildings in future than today. Keeping this fact in mind, we must have data of dilapidated buildings in the city, and accordingly we can plan to prevent Ghatkopar-like incidents,” said the official.According to officials working on the project, the cell is likely to take shape in the next two months. The civic chief himself is taking interest in the project and a meeting on the subject is scheduled on Tuesday.AUDIT MUSTThe BMC is also working to streamline the process of declaring a building dilapidated. The policy will have provisions from making structural audit mandatory before declaring a building dilapidated.
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