En­sure safety of Petit build­ing, MMRC told

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

T he Bom­bay high court on Fri­day asked Mum­bai Metro Rail Cor­po­ra­tion to first com­ply with an ex­pert in­de­pen­dent panel’s rec­om­men­da­tions to for­tify 28 finials on J N Petit Li­brary build­ing, among other things, and sub­mit a re­port to the court be­fore com­menc­ing work out­side the her­itage build­ing.

“We are not say­ing we won’t give per­mis­sion,” said a bench of Chief Jus­tice Man­jula Chel­lur and Jus­tice Nitin Jam­dar when Metro-III coun­sel Ki­ran sought per­mis­sion to con­tinue the work, which she said was get­ting de­layed and added that the pe­ti­tion­ing Petit trus­tees “may not be sat­is­fied with any­thing”. The court was hear­ing a pe­ti­tion by trus­tees of the build­ing on the her­itage mile on D N Road where, they said, work on the un­der­ground Metro-III work had caused a finial to fall.

A court-ap­pointed com­mit­tee had vis­ited the build­ing on Septem­ber 25 and said that pre­cau­tions must be put in place first. “Un­til they carry out sat­is­fac­tory mea­sures, they can­not be per­mit­ted to carry on with drilling work,” said the trus­tees coun­sel Fre­dun DeVitre. The high court said an ex­pert panel must be sug­gested for every prob­lem as every build­ing can­not keep com­ing to court, but it did not al­low Metro-III work, which has been put on hold last month, to pro­ceed till some pre-emp­tive mea­sures are taken.

The panel had rec­om­mended that there should be 28 finials, 10 base plates, a “sup­port sys­tem in form of steel tres­tles” must be put in place and a ded­i­cated vi­bra­tion mon­i­tor­ing de­vice be in­stalled in the build­ing dur­ing con­struc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties around it. MMRC, in its re­ply, said it would im­ple­ment the rec­om­men­da­tions by sup­port­ing eight of them and said all other work would be done be­fore the start of ex­ca­va­tion in front of J N Petit.

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