MHADA to spend Rs 55 crore on weather sheds to protect old buildings

Mumbai: The Mumbai Building Repairs and Reconstruction Board (MBRRB) has decided to instal weather sheds on old buildings to prevent water leakage, at a cost of `55 crore. Every year, these buildings undergo waterproofing, but even after spending crores to solve the problem, it recurs. Therefore, as a long-term solution, the board has decided to instal weather sheds. Officials feel this solution will prove cost-efficient for a board which is already facing a major financial crisis. The MBRRB chairman, Vinod Ghosalkar, said there were around 300 such buildings redeveloped by the Maharashtra Housing & Area Development Authority (MHADA), which are reporting leakage problems.

For the installation of weather sheds, the MBRRB will need Rs55 crore. “At Monday’s weekly authority meet, MHADA sanctioned Rs5 crore as the initial token amount to undertake the work in some buildings. First, a structural audit will be done to check if the buildings can bear the load, only then will the weather sheds be installed,” said Ghosalkar.

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