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A year after fire,PWD fights to meet renovation deadline

Admits project will not be completed by Aug,as per contract

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: June 22, 2013 1:49:28 am

A year after a blaze gutted top four floors of Mantralaya,the government admitted Friday renovation of the main building was running behind schedule.

While the contract says repairs to the top four floors and renovation of the bottom four should be completed by August 26,PWD secretary Shamalkumar Mukherjee said only the top four floors would meet the deadline.

“The work involves coordination with over 20 agencies. With staff occupying the bottom floors,it was difficult to expedite work. But we have progressed well. We will shift offices to the top four floors early September,” he said.

Unity Infrastructure bagged the project for Rs 138 crore. However,the cost is now pegged at Rs 229.63 crore,including architecture fee,lifts,escalators,ventilation,furniture and lighting.

On the first anniversary of the fire,PWD invited the media to witness the partially completed fourth and fifth floors.

After phase 1,work on phase 2,involving renovation of annex building,basement parking,security complex and stack parking and construction of a tower by demolishing part of annex,will be taken up at a cost of Rs 251 crore.

Mantralaya will be transformed into a state-of-the-art corporate-style office building with a space-frame atrium,escalators,advanced fire-fighting systems,central air-conditioning,grand steps and continuous office space in half cubicles.

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