Bombay High Court on building collapse: Citizens lose lives as there's no will power to resolve the issue
Bombay High Court while hearing a suo moto PIL in building collapse matter came down heavily on BMC and state govt on Friday.Bombay High Court asked BMC and state govt that how many times they hear about such collapses in the rest of the country but in Mumbai and MMR, such incidents happen every year and innocent citizens lose their lives.Court ordered a judicial inquiry in the Malad building collapse matter. The court said that a commissioner rank officer will conduct the inquiry and a preliminary report of the inquiry has to be submitted to the court by 24th June.Court also questioned BMC on how these illegal structures come up all over the city, what does BMC do, what do the corporators do, does anyone bring it to the notice of the authorities. The court directed BMC to explain in writing that how this entire mechanism of illegal structures and construction work. BMC has to submit its reply by 24th June.While pulling up BMC, the court asked that what does BMC do about such illegal constructions. Court asked BMC to take action against those who are responsible for these illegal constructions and take criminal action if required.Court angrily asked BMC and the state government that how many lives will be lost in such collapses. Court expressed its pain as 12 people died in the Malad building collapse matter and said that the court is deeply pained by all these deaths and especially 08 children losing their lives in the collapse. The court said that on the one hand state is setting up a pediatric covid task force and on the other hand children are dying like this.The court said that it appreciates BMC's work during Covid times, but BMC has to take care of this too. The court said that the BMC commissioner will have to step up.The Court pulled up BMC for trying to pass the buck by saying that it was collector's land. The Court also said that innocent citizens are dying because there's no will power to resolve the issue.Addressing all the municipal corporations of Mumbai Metropolitan Region, the court warned and said that one more instance of a building collapse and court will come down heavily on the corporations.