‘Won’t tolerate shoddy work for court bldg’
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