IIT help sought to find cause of cracks in Kashimira buildings

Bhayandar: In damage control mode, the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) has now decided to approach the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, for a structural audit of four buildings in the Green Wood (Bollywood) complex of Kashimira, to ascertain if the damage caused to them was due to excavation by a next door developer. 82 families had to be evacuated after massive damage to the structural column and wide cracks were noticed on the walls on Tuesday night. The buildings appeared slightly tilted. Residents blamed the MBMC for turning a blind eye towards complaints in context to massive digging work that had led to the damage.

While attributing rains and construction defects, coupled by negligence towards needed rectifications, as factors for the damage to the buildings which were sans occupation certificates, the developer claimed to have informed the authorities about the dilapidated state well in advance.  “While a fresh safety audit by MBMC-empanelled auditors to check the stability of the buildings has been done, we have also sought the expertise of the IIT to ascertain the actual reason behind the damage,” said civic chief Balaji Khatgaonkar.

A probe was also on to find as to who was actually responsible for ignoring complaints related to such a serious threat posed to the structures, sources said.  “If our personnel are found responsible for any type of lapse, strict action will be taken against them,” added Khatgaonkar. Meanwhile all the evacuated families have been temporarily relocated to MBMC’s transit flats in the Beverly Park area of Mira Road.

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