The case of tilted buildings and Metro 3 constructions


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Two buildings in West Mahim have developed cracks allegedly due to the recent metro constructions by Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited ( MMRCL). Both these buildings have already been evacuated. According to MMRCL, they were closely monitoring the buildings around the construction site of Metro 3 station and both these building  - Laxmi Niwas and Meher Manzil have suffered minor damages because of work at Sitladevi station. The project is also known as Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ.

Laxmi Niwas is an 80-year-old building and twenty-five families were asked to evacuate from the building. MMRCL booked a hotel for all of them as a short term solution. It was crucial to move these 25 families because they share their walls with residents of Meher Manzil.

A third floor resident from Meher Manzil reported that the fourth-floor members will move out first and while talking to Mumbai Mirror also revealed that MMRCL is paying them RS. 1500 per person to move out and will be putting them at a reasonable hotel in this city.

The spokesperson from MMRCL revealed that the auditing report has been made for these building and they have dilapidated from ageing. However, MMRCL's audit report has found impacts of construction on the building as it is close to the worksite. The building can be reconstructed with some repairs. 

Approved by BMC structural consultants will assist and supervise MMRCL workers, while they conduct repairs in the buildings. The spokesperson for MMRCL also said that there are very minor repairs to be taken up by them for the rear portion of Laxmi Nivas. The audit report will be given to all residents and people concerned with MMRCL. Repair work will start in the next few days.

Another good news is that 70 per cent tunnelling work for this line has already been completed and hopefully no more building and structures might be impacted through the on-going work. 

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