Mumbai : After six months of the Dockyard building collapse that claimed 61 lives, it will take another 25 days for the submission of the internal official inquiry report.

The technical inquiry report in to the collapse was submitted to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Commissioner (BMC) Sitaram Kunte some days ago while the report in to the inquiry of the officials involved was yet awaited. On Thursday, Additional Municipal Commissioner Rajiv Jalota said, “During the inquiry, we have recorded statement of around 35 officers. The police inquiry report and also Central Building Research Institute reports, which are crucial while preparing final report.”

Depending on the details of the police inquiry report and the Central Building Research Institute reports the officials will be questioned further. Explaining the delay to submit the report Jalotha said, “The officials will be further questioned depending on the police inquiry report and other reports, which will take time. It will take and estimated 25 days following which we will submit the official inquiry report.

The technical report says that the illegal alterations made the building unstable rather than its dilapidated condition. As per its findings, it has been concluded that the building collapsed on account of the illegal alterations carried out by the ground floor occupant for constructing a mezzanine floor and the extra load put on the structure through this.

Babu Genu Building at Mazagaon, collapsed on 27 September 2013. This incident 61 people killed and 32 people injured. After the collapsed BMC had formed special two-inquiry committee. One is technical committee and other internal administrative inquiry committee. Technical committee head is director, Special Engineering Lakshaman Vhatakar and additional commissioner Rajiv Jalota and Mohan Adtani is head of official inquiry committee.

Sachin Unhalekar

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