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HindustanTimes Tue,02 Sep 2014

‘Mahim building collapse not a result of structural alteration’

Vaishnavi Vasudevan, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, June 16, 2013
First Published: 11:18 IST(16/6/2013) | Last Updated: 11:19 IST(16/6/2013)

Almost a week after Mahim’s Aftab Mansion collapsed killing 10, preliminary reports from the civic body states that no structural changes were made to the building. However, a confirmed report will be prepared within the next 15 days.

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“There is very less probability of alteration being the cause of the collapse. Prima facie reports state that no structural changes were made to the building. However, we are waiting for the lab report. Meanwhile, the fire brigade and local police will also try to identify the cause,” said Mohan Adtani, additional municipal commissioner, BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

The officials said that the collapse may have been caused due to substandard material used during construction. According to the BMC, the structural design of the building was legal.

The civic body is currently allowing residents of the remaining portion of Aftab Mansion to collect their belongings from the houses. By erecting an artificial staircase, residents will be allowed to go to their houses to collect important material like documents and jewellery.

“Only one resident at a time will be allowed to get his/her belongings, and will be accompanied by a policeman, a fireman and a labourer,” added Adtani.

The demolition of the remaining portion, which was supposed to begin on Saturday, has been delayed till Tuesday. Once started, the building is expected to be completely demolished within three to four days. The demolition will cost the BMC Rs.12.51 lakh, which will be recovered from residents, officials said.


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