NMC brings down dilapidated Ghatate Chawl in Mahal

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Jul 2017 10:54:12

Staff Reporter,

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), on Friday, started demolition of 125-years-old Ghatate Chawl in Mahal area as the building had become dilapidated. In the olden days, it is said, those working at the office of the city’s well-known Ghatate family used to live there.  Already, NMC had given notices to residents of the building and had stated that it was in a dilapidated condition.

On Friday, squad of Enforcement Department of NMC asked all 13 residents of the building to vacate it. Around 12 noon, a bulldozer was pressed into service and the task of bringing down the portion of the famous Ghatate Chawl started. Spread over 9,000 sq ft, the portion of the building being demolished revealed that it was constructed using wood, metal, and the old binding mixture.

NMC action came in the wake of a building collapse in Mumbai a few days ago. Ghatate Chawl housed 13 families including of Vinayak Khot, Gunwant Joshi, Vinod Fadnavis, P N Deshpande, Vinod Puranik, Ajay Pidadi, Sudhakar Shroti, Prabhakar Wakhare, Avinash Joshi, Rajesh Deshmukh, Megha Kadu, Raju Aloni, Atul Deshpande. Sudhakar Shroti himself started demolishing the portion he was living in. NMC squad brought down the portion in which Pidadi and Joshi were living.

Ashok Patil, Assistant Commissioner, Enforcement Department, said that dilapidated buildings in the city, especially in the dense and old localities, would be brought down for safety of the people. So far, 60 such dilapidated structures have been brought down and 30 more will be razed, he said.