Metro-3 work causes cracks in building; MMRC shifts residents to hotels

The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) have ordered a structural audit and have stated that they will start repairs that may be needed, based on the report

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The construction work at the Colaba-SEEPZ Meto-3 site faced a hindrance on November 11, Monday after reports of leakage and cracks developing in a nearby building. After which, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) said on Monday that a structural audit would be carried out to understand the extent of the damage.

In the meantime, other residential societies in the area have expressed concerns about their safety and the durability of their buildings amidst the ongoing ambitious Metro project.

In its statement, MMRC on Monday said,

The leakage at Laxmi Niwas building near Sitladevi Metro station, Mahim (West), has been controlled and it has stopped fully. Structural audit of the building is in progress from an expert independent agency. The report is expected in two days.”

According to the reports, the residents of the building in question, i.e. Laxmi Niwas, on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday complained of cracks and told the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) disaster management cell about experiencing tremors.

The three-storey building is said to be more than 60 years old and the building is said to have tilted since. As a result, MMRC had shifted the residents to hotels on Sunday. On the other hand, people living in buildings near Laxmi Niwas said they’re worried about their homes too.

MMRC’s statement added,

Based on the report [of the structural audit], we will start repairs that may be needed. Meanwhile, we have provided accommodation for the occupants of the building by temporarily shifting them to nearby hotels.”

The local legislator from Shiv Sena, Sada Sarvankar said that he has personally visited the building where Metro work is on halt for now. He also assured that two separate audits will take place to ascertain the building’s stability. Amongst which, one audit is being done by Metro authorities and the other will be done by the BMC.

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