BMC verifying if changes in car showroom caused collapse

Jun 13, 2013, 06:37 IST | A Correspondent

Sources say beams and pillars were moved to facilitate car movements in the showroom at the ground floor of the collapsed Mahim building; BMC says strict action will be taken if any violations are found

Now that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has retrieved the documents of Altaf Mansion, the five-storey building in Mahim which collapsed on Monday, the corporation will check whether beams and pillars were moved to facilitate automobile movement in the car showroom on the ground floor of the structure without requisite permissions.

The BMC is verifying if any permissions were sought to make structural changes in the car showroom on the ground floor of Altaf Mansion, which collapsed on the night of June 10 following heavy rains. Pic/Satyajit Desai

Speaking to MiD DAY, a resident alleged that structural changes were done to accommodate the showroom, which may be the reason for the collapse. “There are many other buildings in the area which are more than 50 years old but they are still standing and in good shape. We have heard that some structural changes were made in the automobile showroom, which may have caused the crash,” he said.

Sources from BMC told MiD DAY that strict action will be taken against the builder if construction violations are detected in the structure. The civic body is going over the permissions sought for the showroom as well as complaints, if any, against modifications after the occupation certificate (OC) was received. The source said that post the issuance of OC for the showroom, no complaints were made regarding modifications.

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