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Final fire report on Mumbai Metro House declares building safe and stable

The tenants of ‘B’ and ‘C’ wings will now be able to begin repair work and reoccupy the building after taking prior permissions from the BMC

Mumbai Metro House, Metro House in colaba, Fire at Metro House in Colaba, Colaba news, Latest news, India news, Maharashtra news, The fire is confined to the fourth floor of the building and it is graded Level III (major fire accident). (Source: Express Photo Pradip Das)

Three months after a fire gutted two floors of the four-storey Metro House in Colaba, a report has declared the building safe and stable. The tenants of ‘B’ and ‘C’ wings, which include the popular eatery McDonald’s, Metro Plaza as well as other shops, will now be able to begin repair work and reoccupy the building after taking prior permissions from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

Due to the extensive damage to two sections of the building, the BMC had vacated it since there was a chance that it would have to be demolished. However, the final structural audit report, which was submitted to the BMC last week, has ruled out demolition and recommended major and minor structural repairs as well as strengthening of the building’s three wings.

“The detailed audit report states that the building is repairable. Till now, we were only allowing the removal of debris. But now, residents and tenants of the building can apply for permission from the ward office and carry out repair work,” said Kiran Dighavkar, assistant municipal commissioner of A ward.

While the report had earlier cleared the ‘A’ wing, which included the eatery Cafe Mondegar and the Regal Plaza Hotel, the other two wings had suffered most of the damage. After carrying out minor repairs, Cafe Mondegar reopened in July.

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For the ‘B’ wing which sustained the most amount of damage, the report observed that the ceiling of the shops on the ground floor as well as the first floor is damp due to the constant spraying of water and the second and third floors were completely burnt in the fire.

The report recommended that the roof be covered with tarpaulin, the wooden staircase, the ceiling of the second floor and the roof be repaired and restored. Similarly, for ‘C’ wing, the report recommended the repair of the ceiling as well as the steel structures on the rear side of the building.

The fire broke out on the fourth floor of the building on June 2 and the cause was ascertained to be a short circuit in a godown storing shoes in the building. Even though no injuries were reported, it took at least 20 hours to completely douse the fire. The report was prepared by Raje Structural Consultants.

 

First published on: 02-09-2016 at 02:56:03 am
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