Thane auditorium shuts for repairs, no plays this month
THANE: The ill-maintained water lines meant to fight fire led to the false ceiling collapse at Dr Kashinath Ghanekar auditorium, revealed a technical report on the incident.
This could also have proved that these fire lines were useless in case of a major fire in the theatre, revealing the Thane Municipal Corporation’s lackadaisical attitude.
The corporation has not yet begun the repairs on the theatre; the work will start only next week. The theatre will hence be closed for theatre lovers for the whole of the month.
Ratan Awsarmol, acting city engineer of TMC, said, “The report claims that the amount of water flowing through the fire lines is much more than the permissible limit. This indicates that there is a leakage in the fire-fighting lines. This water was absorbed into the sound absorbing acoustic foam which collapsed under the excessive weight.”
He said that the water which flows through the fire lines is metered, however, there was no indication on the metre
that excess water is flowing through the lines.
In case of a major fire, the fire lines would have failed to function, leading to a much bigger tragedy. The theatre is merely five years old and the corporation has not undertaken any repair works in all these years.
Sunil Chavan, additional municipal commissioner said, “We are investigating as to why the leakage went unnoticed. The intake meters at the ground floor usually give
the reading if excess water is flowing through the fire lines. We will verify, if the meter has shown such an alert and also take action against the person in charge.”
“We have asked for an estimate of the work from the contractor, which will be submitted this week. The work will begin from next week and the theatre will be open for the public by the end of this month. The cost of the repair work will be approximately Rs25 lakh,” Awsarmol added.
Dr Kashinath Ghanekar auditorium in Thane west will undergo repair work after a false ceiling collapsed last month.