According to a data revealed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), there has been a decline in the number of sealed buildings despite an exponential rise in the coronavirus cases in Mumbai.
As per accounts, the number of sealed buildings across the city stood at 17 on December 25, jumping to 88 on December 30, 2021. Later, on January 1, 2022, the number of sealed buildings increased to 157, which further jumped to 389 and 462 on January 4 and January 5 respectively. This change took after a drastic hike in the number of cases.
Owing to this, the BMC issued modified guidelines for sealed buildings considering problems faced by smaller buildings with lesser number of floors and flats.
However, the number of sealed buildings dropped to 123 as on January 7. Dropping a bit further to 120 on January 8. This number went back to 123 on January 9 and jumped to 168 the next day and then dramatically fell to 63 on January 11.
The officials attribute this to the modified sealed building guidelines released by the civic body that came into effect on January 4. The said decision was undertaken owing to the surge in COVID-19 cases reported as well as the threat of the highly transmissible variant, Omicron.