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SBUT vacates many families from dilapidated buildings

Friday, March 09, 2018
By A Staff Reporter

Over 90 agreements signed in four days, a total of 2,400 families vacated

With an eye on the monsoon, Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) seems to be making efforts well in advance to safeguard the families still living in dilapidated buildings in Bhendi Bazaar.

Along with the ongoing construction in clusters 1 and 3, the Trust is also vacating and demolishing dilapidated buildings in other sub-clusters. As per MHADA’s structural audit done in the past and the recent pre-monsoon survey, almost all buildings in the area are in a dilapidated state, with 65 of those being declared as ‘highly dangerous’ to occupy and needing immediate evacuation.

In order to increase engagement with the remaining tenants and expedite the process of evacuation, Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS, has appointed a special 16-member team comprising senior professors from the community’s principal educational institute, Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah. This special team is in addition to the existing tenant management team of SBUT which has been engaging with the residential tenants of the Project.

Saifuddin Patnawala, who is leading the 16-member team, said, “As per the wish of Dr. Syedna to relocate families before the monsoon, we reinitiated our counsel with all the families who are presently living in dilapidated buildings.

“Our efforts have resulted in over 90 families signing the agreement and expressing their willingness to shift out of the buildings. We will continue with our engagement and try to convince the remaining tenants to consider the revised rental offer and vacate their premises at the earliest.”

To help the tenants find alternate housing in the neighbourhood, the SBUT has also revised the monthly rental allowance and the time frame. Recently, MHADA Chief Milind Mhaiskar, had visited Bhendi Bazaar to overlook the project and its challenges. On inspecting the decrepit living conditions he instructed his team to expedite the certification process and use pertinent regulations to deal with non-consenting tenants who refuse to do so despite being provided with rental compensation or alternate accommodation.

SBUT has vacated over 2,400 families and over 600 businesses from Bhendi Bazaar as part of the redevelopment project.

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