Push to protect tenants before razing unsafe bldgs
Times of India | 25 November 2022
KOLKATA: Before demolition of aGrade-I insecure building in the city, the KMC, in a bid to safeguard the tenants’ interests, will give them an occupancy certificate. The certificate will not only recognize their right as tenants but also demarcate the space they enjoy. In order to enable tenants to stake their claims, the KMC buildings department will make sure thatthe tenants’ names find a place in the assessment record.
The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2022, which was placed and passed in the assembly on Thursday, will empower the KMC to demolish highly dilapidated buildings and pave the way for their redevelopment after securing the future of tenants. “The tenants can prepare a temporary shed at the site after demolition of an insecure building and continue to stay on that plot. If they plan to relocate to a different place, we will issue the certificates of occupation and notify their names in the assessment record,” Kolkata mayor and state municipal affairs minister Firhad Hakim said on Thursday at thestate assembly.
The KMC will undertake the demolition by using a special express order by the municipal commissioner. Section 411 (4) of KMC Buildings Rules allows the commissioner to pass a demolition order for an extremely dilapidated building posing threat to residents.
Armed with the amendment, the KMC buildings department would be able to demolish several highly unsafebuildings in specific zones, said a senior civic official. According to the official, KMC had listed 150 buildings in five boroughs as “most vulnerable” that needed demolition without delay. “We have identified 150 buildings that pose a threat to their residents. Our attempt at razing some of the buildings had met with resistance from the tenants. Now armed with the amendment, we will draw a new demolition schedule,” said a KMC buildings department executive officer. Some of the areas include Burrabazar, CR Avenue, Jorasanko, Bidhan Sarani, Bowbazar, Taltala, Entally, Ripon Street, Park Circus, Bhowanipore and Lake Road. The demolition might begin early next year.