Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Lax­man Singh lax­man.singh@hin­dus­tan­

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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