Following strong vibrations in the building, the principal of Siddharth College on D N Road in Fort has written to the Chief Minister, requesting that the construction of Metro III be halted.
“Last week we felt strong tremors in the building. We could see everything vibrating and could not stay in the building. On inquiry, we found that some machine was running for the construction work,” said Dr Umaji Maske, the college principal.
Concerned about the safety of the students and the college staff, the principal wrote to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis with signatures of around 100 staff members. “The work has been causing structural damage and endanger our college building, Anand Bhavan, which is a Grade II heritage structure,” reads the letter.
Earlier, the college had reported the collapse of a portion of the false ceiling in the basement and cracks in the building.
“The building accommodates around 5,000 people, including students, and we have only one exit in the building. Any untoward incident could endanger their lives,” added Maske. The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) said there was no cause for concern.
“Vibration levels are substantially lower than permissible levels and construction activities are carried out following requisite safety norms and no building on D N Road is at risk. Further, we haven’t received any such notification from the college authorities. The college authorities can reach out to us for any clarifications,” said a spokesperson from MMRC.