Vacate three rickety buildings in Jogeshwari West: Bombay HC

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The direction by Justices Ramesh Dhanuka and Kamal Khata was passed on a 2018 petition by 59 out of 88 tenants of Kunj Niwas that comprises three buildings of 1, 2 and 3 floors, respectively.

 

MUMBAI: The Bombay high court has directed residents of three buildings in Jogeshwari (West) to vacate them by September 3. These structures figure in the BMC's 2022-23 list of C-1 category of dangerous and dilapidated buildings.

 

The direction by Justices Ramesh Dhanuka and Kamal Khata was passed on a 2018 petition by 59 out of 88 tenants of Kunj Niwas that comprises three buildings of 1, 2 and 3 floors, respectively. They rushed to the high court recently after the BMC's July 19 notice saying as one more slab had fallen, they are required to vacate the buildings in view of earlier notices under Section 354 for removal of structures which are in ruins or likely to fall under the BMC Act, 1888. The tenants said they have no other accommodation available. The judges directed the landlords to state if they have a redevelopment proposal.

 

On August 3, advocate Rajesh Singh for the landlords said they are negotiating with a developer but the condition that the tenants would vacate only on getting alternative accommodation is not possible. He cited a Bombay high court judgment that under rent statutes, landlords are not obligated to provide an alternate accommodation.