Maharashtra: Urgent pre-monsoon building work can resume

MUMBAI|THANE: The state government on Tuesday issued an amendment to the lockdown notification, allowing urgent pre-monsoon works like waterproofing and demolition of unsafe buildings.

The notification states that a sub-clause has been added in the revised lockdown notification issued on April 17, under which relaxations were announced. Urgent pre-monsoon work includes protection of buildings, shuttering, waterproofing, flood protection, propping and structural repairs of building, demolition of unsafe buildings.

The state government already permitted pre-monsoon work by BMC and other agencies. With the monsoon a month away, the government is focusing on completing pre-monsoon work in the city and state.

Officials said that while the work has been allowed, precautions like wearing of masks and social distancing have to be followed.

The government had allowed movement of bedside attenders and care-givers of senior citizens residing at home.

The Thane district collector too recently ordered civic bodies to permit construction activities, hit by the lockdown, only with emergency pre-monsoon repairs conditionally.

The order stated that no permission is would be given to new construction activity on existing sites. The order will be applicable only outside containment zones declared by municipal corporations and councils in the district.

(With inputs from Nishikant Karlikar)


April 29, 2020

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