A day after part of a footpath caved in near Marine Drive, more than five buildings in the vicinity were affected as a water pipeline running under it was damaged.
The civic body had started repair on the six-inch pipeline but was unable to fix it due to heavy rains there.
“We have supplied seven tankers to these buildings,” said an official from the ward office.
Sources from Mahanagar Gas Limited said there was no damage reported to their pipelines due to the incident.
The report made after the inspection of the site by a team of engineers from the building proposal department stated that the utilities under the footpath were leaking and hence couldn’t sustain the sheet-pile that collapsed from an under-construction building at an adjacent site.
“Apart from foundation that collapsed on the footpath, the water line was also leaking,” said an official from the department.
“We have asked them to repair the footpath and utilities at their own cost,” said A.V. Ralkar, chief engineer roads and bridges.
Residents plan to file a petition in high court against the construction of the building.
“The main reason is that this building is coming up within 500 metres from the sea, which is in contravention with the Coastal Regulation Zone,” said Bipin Mulji, a Marine Drive resident.
The residents had filed several complaints against the construction and hazardous piling work being carried out in violation of coastal regulation zone norms, however, their complaints were ignored. A stop work notice has been issued to the developer for the time being.
According to BMC records, the building had been leased to the navy, which vacated it after it was declared “unfit for habitation” some years ago. It was then proposed to be redeveloped under Section 33(6) of the development control rules.