258. Removal of dangerous buildings.
(1) If it appears to the Chairperson at any time that any building is in a ruinous condition, or likely to fall, or in any way dangerous to any person occupying, resorting to or passing by such building or any other building or place in the neighbourhood of such building, the Chairperson may, by order in writing, require the owner or occupier of such building to demolish, secure or repair such building or do one or more of such things within such period as may be specified in the order, so as to prevent all cause of danger therefrom.
(2) The Chairperson may also, if he thinks fit, require such owner or occupier by the said order either forthwith or before proceeding to demolish, secure or repair the building, to set up a proper and sufficient hoard or fence for the protection of passers-by and other persons, with a convenient platform and hand-rail wherever practicable to serve as a foot-way for passengers outside of such hoard or fence.
(3) If it appears to the Chairperson that danger from a building which is in a ruinous condition or likely to fall is imminent, he may, before making the order aforesaid, fence off, demolish, secure or repair the said building or take such steps as may be necessary to prevent the danger.
(4) If the owner or occupier of the building does not comply with the order within the period specified therein, the Chairperson shall take such steps in relation to the building as to prevent all cause of danger therefrom.
(5) All expenses incurred by the Chairperson in relation to any building under this section shall be recoverable from the owner or occupier thereof as an arrear of tax under this Act.