A division bench of the Bombay High Court comprising Justice F I Rebello and Justice Amjad Sayed issued an ultimatum to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) on Thursday to submit its final report on the structural audit of a building,allegedly damaged by Metro rail construction,by April 1.
Residents of the Gautam Niwas Building in Andheri (West) had alleged that no urgent repairs had been carried out by the MMRDA to stop further damage of the building despite a Bombay High Court directive to this effect. The affidavit filed by Gautam Niwas society says that the audit team acted in complete disregard to the urgency of the situation and the interest of the fearful and traumatised residents. Earlier,MMRDA lawyer Kiran Bagaria had assured the court that the repairs would be undertaken based on the final report of the audit.
Advocate Simran Puri,appearing for the society,contended that despite full co-operation with the audit team appointed by the MMRDA,the response of the latter was irresponsible and casual. The team has been irregular in its conduct despite the court order of February 22.
A PIL filed in the court by Monica Matani,a resident of the Gautam Niwas building had alleged that the vibro-hammer used in the Metro construction had caused damage to her flat. Fearing a collapse,the residents had moved out of the building on the night of February 24. But after Chetan Raikar,MD of the audit team,Structwel Designers and Consultants Private Limited,gave an assurance that it was safe for occupation,the residents had moved back to their flats. Subsequently,the residents claimed that new cracks had developed even as the audit team visited the building for inspection. The next hearting of the case is on April 8.