Mumbai: They are responsible for repairing and reconstructing thousands of cess buildings across Mumbai, but the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) is facing trouble in repairing its own headquarters at Bandra. The 40-year-old building is now in disrepair and despite spending a hefty amount for repairs in the last three years, the building has developed cracks.
After spending nearly Rs 7 crore during the first phase of repairs, the state housing and development authority is now planning to do another structural audit of the building. MHADA is planning to rope in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and VJTI to conduct the audit since these organisations are known for their expert panel which carries out audits.
Speaking to the Free Press Journal, a senior MHADA official said, “It is difficult to determine the structural stability of heterogeneous buildings (comprised of various construction materials). On the other hand, it is easy to determine the need of different level of repairs in homogenous buildings (RCC structure).” There have been several revamps of different departments in the MHADA headquarters.
Complaints of cracks, dampness in the walls resulting in leakages and corrosion have been received by the authority from various departments. Acting on the complaints, the authority is planning to expedite the second phase of the repair work. The official added, “We are approaching the concerned organisations to conduct a structural audit of the building. The second phase of repair work will be started soon.” The MHADA head office sees hundreds of visitors daily who come for hearings, to acquire permissions, details of projects and various other reasons.