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Three months after renovation, cracks surface in Mantralaya

On Tuesday, officials from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) registered a complaint after water began to drip from the ceiling at one place.

Less than three months after departments moved into the newly renovated upper floors of the Mantralaya building, fingers are being pointed at the quality of work. The state government’s headquarters was taken up for renovation after its upper floors were gutted in a massive fire in 2012.

On Tuesday, officials from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) registered a complaint after water began to drip from the ceiling at one place. A CMO official said the drippage was such that the affected ceiling portion suffered damage and would now have to be redone.

An official employed by the contractor, Unity Infraprojects, who inspected the site on Wednesday, said the drippage was due to work being undertaken in the flag room on the uppermost floor. State public works department officials echoed the contractors’ men.

The CMO has been relocated on the renovated sixth floor, along with Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and state Chief Secretary Jageshwar Saharia’s offices.

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Officials in the CMO have also raised the issue of broken flooring at some place. Ajit Pawar’s office has registered a complaint regarding the newly-installed centralised air conditioning unit. “The complaint raised has been that the AC unit does not provide cooling,” a senior PWD official said. The official also informed that Chavan-led urban development department, which is based on the fourth floor, raised a similar complaint.

Officials also pointed out that cracks had already surfaced in the Plaster of Paris (POP) used for the walls. The PWD has been receiving complaints regarding leakages and poor fittings in the toilets. A senior CMO official  recounted how testing for sprinklers was done after they had occupied office.

Contractors’ men have complained that some government departments on the lower floors were yet to relocate, which had delayed renovation work. The housing department is yet to shift out from the second floor, despite being assigned space on the renovated fourth floor, an official said. The renovation work was initiated in November, 2012, and was meant to be completed within eight months.

sandeep.ashar@expressindia.com