Nagpur: A day after the Model Mill wall collapse crushing down 3 cars and 2 two-wheelers, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is all set to shrug off its responsibility to a private entity. Passing the buck on Goldbricks Infrastructure Private Ltd — developer of Anandam flat scheme — over the incident, NMC has slapped notice to the company.
Goldbricks had allegedly retained the old walls of Model Mill while developing the Anandam project on Model Mills land in Ganeshpeth. Assistant commissioner from NMC Dhantoli Zone Smita Kale said that Goldbricks has been given an ultimatum of three days to demolish the remaining portion of the wall. The 20-foot wall is over 1.5 km long.
Around 35-metre section of wall collapsed on Tuesday while another 45 metres, which posed risked of collapsing, was demolished by us and the debris removed. A demand note has been sent to Goldbricks directing it to deposit Rs25,000 towards works executed by us,” she said.
A part of the compound wall towards road connecting Model Mill Square with Ashoka Square which witnesses heavy traffic had caved in at 12 noon on Tuesday. Fortunately, no one was standing near the wall. It is learnt, three four-wheelers and one two-wheeler were reportedly damaged.
NMC team led by Kale rushed to the spot and blocked the road. Traffic resumed after the debris was cleared. As per the NMC, the remaining portion of the wall on the road connecting Model Mills Square with Ashoka Square, on the road connecting Model Mills Square with ST Bus Stand Square and towards Nag River is in a dilapidated condition.
As per the provisions of the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act, the NMC is supposed to direct demolition of any structure that is in dilapidated condition. NMC sources also claimed that that letters were sent to Goldbricks earlier directing to demolish the wall. “NMC will register FIR with the police against Goldbricks in case of non-compliance of the latest notice,” sources said.