A portion of the ceiling on the third floor of the 150-year-old Bombay High Court building collapsed Friday night but no one was injured in the incident, an official said Saturday.
A portion of the ceiling came crashing down creating a huge cavity on the third floor hall of Bombay Bar Association between 10.30 pm and 11 pm. However, by that time the lawyers had gone home and the hall was empty, the officer said.
A source from the high court said, “It is a 150-year-old building but there is a toilet right next to the spot which collapsed. Perhaps, continuous seepage led to the incident. Luckily it happened at night otherwise casualty was inevitable as lawyers sit that very area during the day.”
Two court rooms in the building on the lower floors have been closed down as a precautionary measure.
The high court is now awaiting structural audit report of its building after which it would take appropriate steps to undertake repairs.
Fire brigade and disaster management teams are currently engaged in restoration work following damage caused due to the mishap.The construction of this historic building was initiated in 1871 and completed in 1878.
The 150-year-old Bombay High Court building in Fort area in south Mumbai was constructed to meet the requirements of 15 judges. However, over the last 135 years, the strength of judges has increased to 75 in 2007. It is soon set to reach 94.
The HC had on October 14 sent a proposal to the state government seeking 25 acres of land in Bandra-Kurla complex and another 25 acres in a nearby area.
(with PTI inputs)