The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) wants to ensure construction on the second Metro line does not cause any damage to buildings along its path.
The authority has decided to check the structural stability of all buildings along the route of the Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd line before commencing work on the 323-km stretch.
The Mumbai Metro Transport Private Limited, the concessionaires for the Metro-2 corridor, will conduct a survey of all structures along the corridor before starting construction.
“The survey will be conducted on as-is-where-is basis recording minute details about the condition of the structures including the cracks and their size,” Additional Metropolitan Commissioner S.V.R. Srinivas said. “These details will be photographed and maintained along with the assessment report.”
People living along the Metro line have been blaming the work on the project for damages to their houses. Residents of Gautam Niwas on J P Road, Andheri (West) had moved the high court claiming that the use of heavy-duty vibro hammers on the Versova Andheri Ghatkopar metro line had caused cracks to develop in their building.
MMRDA officials said that the survey was to avoid such litigation, which not only delays the projects but also causes a waste of funds. “The data collected will be very vital in enabling the project to proceed without any hindrance, which could be caused by frivolous and unnecessary litigations,” Srinivas said.
The survey is divided into five sections. Engineering firm Structwell will conduct survey for the first four sections while Epicon will survey the fifth section. The study will segregate structures into categories such as ‘no-attention required’ and ‘thorough study required’.
The MMRDA will then discuss the reports with those occupying these structures and decide the future course of action.