‘Won’t tol­er­ate shoddy work for court bldg’

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

Mum­bai: Shoddy con­struc­tion of the pro­posed 17-storey Maz­gaon court build­ing that will put the lives of judges, lawyers and lit­i­gants at risk will not be tol­er­ated, said the Bom­bay high court.

Adi­vi­sion bench of Jus­tices Sat­yaran­jan Dhar­mad­hikari and Bharati Dan­gre rapped the state and its pub­lic works depart­ment for not spell­ing out how the con­struc­tion would be su­per­vised. The bench di­rected the court reg­is­trar to ap­point “an ex­pert, par­tic­u­larly ex­pe­ri­enced in struc­tural de­sign­ing prefer­ably a lead­ing ar­chi­tect, to visit the site, in­spect the con­struc­tion ma­te­rial and the work and sub­mit a re­port.” The next hear­ing is on De­cem­ber 13.

“We had clearly set out that we do not want a re­peat sce­nario,” said the judges, re­fer­ring to the fact that the orig­i­nal build­ing was de­clared un­safe and evac­u­ated in 2013, merely 16 years af­ter it was con­structed in 1997. The court said it was yet to be shown any doc­u­ments about the cred­i­bil­ity of the con­trac­tor ap­pointed to con­struct the build­ing, or its past ex­pe­ri­ence in con­struct­ing build­ings in the is­land city. The state had as­sured the HC that work on the court build­ing would be com­pleted by Au­gust 2020 at a cost of over Rs 92 crore. —Shibu Thomas

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