Mumbai: IIT asked to conduct structural audit of Esplanade Mansion

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, to conduct a structural audit of the dilapidated Esplanade Mansion building in South Mumbai.

The building, around 150 years old, figures in the list of heritage structures in the city. A part of it collapsed earlier this month, following which the high court directed the technical advisory committee (TAC) of the BMC to conduct an inspection and submit a report on whether the building could be repaired.

BMC’s counsel Anil Sakhre on Tuesday informed a bench of justices Ranjit More and Anuja Prabhudessai that the civic body could not conduct the inspection as the TAC was defunct for the last few months. The judges then directed that the task be given to IIT-Bombay. Advocate Ashok Sarogi, who has an office in the building, and some other tenants have filed a petition, demanding that the building be repaired.

The court on Tuesday said the petitioners would bear the cost of the structural audit.

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