recommended transit accommodation to tenants and urgent repairs. It said the building was in the C2(B) category - requiring urgent repairs. “We were waiting for an approval to repair the building after which we would have intimated the residents to vacate it,” says a senior civic official, who did not wish to be named.
The unending exchange of files meant no tender for repair or redevelopment was ever floated. It was only in February 2012 that final cost estimates were made and approval given for including the repair under the BMC’s work programme. In March this year, the BMC budget set aside Rs 1.25 crore for the building’s repair.
The blame game for the delay in repair is now being played between markets and P&D, the two departments under Mhaiskar. When contacted, she told The Indian Express, “This building was never flagged under C1 category. Had it been flagged as one that requires eviction, then we would have left no stone unturned.” C1 means the building needs to be immediately evacuated of residents.