AN INTERIM structural audit report on the Metro House submitted to MHADA on Tuesday has recommended major structural repairs in the building, but ruled out the need to pull it down.
Since the final audit report is yet to be submitted, the building, which houses famous eateries such as Cafe Mondegar and McDonald’s, will remain shut for at least another month.
The report has come in three weeks after a major fire broke out on the fourth floor of the building in Colaba. While its B and C wings are believed to have suffered the most damage, A wing, which houses Cafe Mondegar, is reportedly in a structurally safe condition.
Officials from the MHADA said that it has received the interim structural audit report from the owners of the Metro Plaza.
“The report has suggested that major structural repairs are required in the building since the wooden slab of the top three floors have been gutted in the fire. However, the report said there is no need to pull down the building,” said Dilip Garaje, executive engineer of MHADA.
Garaje further said that the final structural audit report is expected in the next 15 days.
“Since major repairs are required, we will not allow any shops to open, including Cafe Mondegar. It may be at least a month before we can allow shops and cafes to open again. However, we will decide the further course of repairs only after receiving the final report,” he added.
Another official from MHADA stated that as per the findings of the interim report, it will take at least seven-eight months to carry out the repairs in the portion of the building gutted in the fire.
Meanwhile, MHADA had written to the traffic police on June 16, asking them to continue to barricade the Shahid Bhagat Singh Road and keep it closed to pedestrian and traffic movement.
An official from the BMC said “We have re-routed the buses and the vehicles are using alternative routes. However, since the interim report has come, we will have a meeting with the owners about the repairs and will take a call about opening up the road for traffic.”