Bombay HC directs IIT for structural audit of Esplanade Mansion in South Mumbai
The Bombay High Court today 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 Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to conduct an inspection and submit a report on whether the building could be repaired.
The judges then directed that the task be given to IIT-Bombay.
The court today said the petitioners would bear the cost of the structural audit.
In 2015, the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA), the state housing agency which can give approval for repairs, had served eviction notices to all the tenants.
The owners -- who, according to MHADA, are liable to carry out the repair work -- told the bench that the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee was insisting that the building be repaired using the same material such as cast-iron which was used in the original construction in the 1860s.
This would make the repair work very expensive, the owners contended.
The next hearing would be on September 3.
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