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Owning the Problem

Building Collapses

Due to interventions by political leaders and other vested interests, even severely dilapidated buildings in Mumbai are not vacated. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's engineers are thus a demoralised lot and also do not have any executive powers. The technical staff, that forms the backbone of the municipal body, has been made spineless by a system dominated by those who are not accountable.

In recent weeks a number of news reports that appeared in the media reflect the (dys)functionality of government organisations.

These reports included news of the 61 deaths due to a building crash at Dockyard Road in Mumbai, 78 deaths due to a building crash in Mumbra followed by another collapse which claimed 34 deaths in the same area, the orders to demolish the unauthorised floors of the Campa Cola compound buildings in central Mumbai, the fire in Mantralaya the seat of Maharashtra’s political power, the collapse of a portion of the Dindoshi flyover in Mumbai and the massive flash floods leading to the Uttarakhand disaster.

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