In a press statement, city corporation commissioner P Kumaravel Pandian said they had identified 81 dilapidated buildings in their limits and issued notices to their occupants under Section 327 of Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) Act, 1981 a month ago, directing them to vacate the premises immediately as the buildings were unsafe to live in.
The city corporation has also placed boards in front of some of the identified buildings, stating “this building has lost its stability and is no longer safe to use it. It poses a threat to the lives of the public. So, usage of the building is prohibited under the CCMC Act”.
The city corporation has already demolished 19 of the identified dilapidated buildings, 13 of which were beyond repair. The city corporation head said they had asked the occupants of the remaining buildings to vacate the premises in two days. “If they don’t comply, we will seal the buildings with the help of police officials.”
About a month ago, district collector K Rajamani had instructed the local bodies to identify buildings that were in bad shape after a house collapsed on Chetti Street at Selvapuram, claiming four lives, following the incessant rainfall. Subsequently, 223 such buildings were identified in the district and notices were issued to 81 of them.
Earlier in 2019, a compound wall that was 20ft high and 100ft long had collapsed on a row of houses, killing 17 people, at Nadur village at Mettupalayam in the district. The wall apparently collapsed after it became weak because of the incessant rainfall.