CHARRED COLABA BUILDING MAY UNDERGO AUDIT; ENTRY SEALED
A day after a fire gutted part of Metro House building at Colaba, the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) has decided to direct the owner of the building to conduct a structural audit, while the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has sealed the premises and barred entry until the audit is conducted. Entry will be allowed if the structural audit report says the building or parts of it are safe to be occupied.
The fire that broke out on Thursday damaged the second and third floors completely and weakened the building’s B wing. It took more than six hours to douse the fire completely.
Civic officials said because it is a cessed building (the buildings built before 1969 and maintained by Mhada’s Repair and Reconstruction Board), the housing authority is to take further action on its repair and audit. A notice will be issued to the owner or the landlord of the building (Metro Shoes) to conduct an audit and submit its report within a week.
Speaking to HT, executive engineer of Mhada, Dilip Garje said, “We will issue a notice to owner on Saturday under MMC Act 353A to conduct a structural audit of the building. We will give a week’s time to submit a report and after that, a decision will be taken on allowing residents and shopkeepers to occupy the building again.”
Kiran Dighavkar, assistant municipal commissioner, A-ward (Colaba), said, “Until the report comes out, the civic body has sealed the area and barred entry into the building for safety.”
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