BMC asks police to probe Mahim collapse

Three days after the collapse of Altaf Manzil in Mahim Monday,BMC has written to Mumbai Police to start an investigation.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: June 14, 2013 2:15:40 am

Three days after the collapse of Altaf Manzil in Mahim Monday,BMC has written to Mumbai Police to start an investigation. The collapse left 10 persons dead and seven injured.

“We have written to police to begin a suo motu investigation. We will see if an FIR has to be filed based on the findings of our own investigations,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner Mohan Adtani.

Commissioner of Police,Zone 5,Dhananjay Kulkarni,said,“We have initiated our own investigations as per provisions of section 174 of CrPC. We are obtaining all records from BMC and after going through the records,will fix responsibility and register an offence under IPC.”

Residents in the neighbourhood,fire officers and senior officials of the civic disaster management cell have said the collapse may have been caused by alleged unauthorised constructions in the ground-floor Maruti car showroom.

Structural engineer Shashank Mehendele,who has previously worked on the Campa Cola inspection report,has been appointed by the corporation to submit an inquiry report on the building. Prima facie the BMC says the building collapse may have been caused on account of substandard material used during the construction phase since structural design of the building was completely legal.

Samples of the debris have been sent by the BMC for quality checks and to analyse if there were any alterations in the structure as alleged.

“Mehendele’s report on the cause for the collapse should be ready in 10 to 15 days along with the lab reports on the building’s debris. This will help us ascertain the cause for the collapse,” said Adtani.

BMC said the remaining portion of the building would be demolished Saturday.

Notices to owner,architect

BMC has served notices to the architect,builder and owner of Altaf Manzil seeking explanation. Fazi Abdul Lateef Abu Baker has been identified as the owner and builder,V P Parekh & Associates as the architect and N N Karanjawallah as the construction consultant. The civic body has clarified that the complaints received from resident and lawyer Rizwan Merchant pertained to a clogged stormwater drain,an illegal shed constructed at the back of the building,and a complaint with the police regarding an illegal hoarding erected on top of the building. It also clarified that Altaf Manzil was given an occupation certificate in 1985. A committee of architects and engineers from the civic building proposals department has also been set up to probe the collapse.

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