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High court turns down IIT-B’s request to use vibro hammer on Andheri building

The Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay’s (IIT) request to use a vibro hammer for the structural audit of a building in Andheri was turned down by the Bombay high court because the building was allegedly damaged because of its use while piling the foundation of the elevated route of the Metro.

mumbai Updated: Dec 23, 2010 01:46 IST
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The Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay’s (IIT) request to use a vibro hammer for the structural audit of a building in Andheri was turned down by the Bombay high court because the building was allegedly damaged because of its use while piling the foundation of the elevated route of the Metro.

On August 23, the IIT-B was directed by the high court to conduct a structural audit of Gautam Niwas, which allegedly developed cracks in February 2009.

Professor RS Jangid of the civil engineering department of the IIT, informed the high court that unless the vibro hammer was tested at the site, their findings would be based on speculation.

Vibration level has to be tested to check the intensity at which the structure was damaged, said Jangid. Also, the type of soil could affect the readings, added Jangid.

The division bench of justice AM Khanwilkar and justice AP Bhangale said the situation cannot be replicated. It could damage the structure further, said the judges.

Jangid then said that they would come up with alternate methodology for testing the results of vibro hammer.

While asking the IIT to complete the structural audit, the judges have appointed MMRDA as a nodal agency to interact with concerned parties and expedite the process of inquiry and investigation.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Dr Monica Matani and other residents of Gautam Niwas. Varshna Co-Operative Housing Society, which comprises Gautam Niwas and some other buildings, had moved the high court in June requesting that an independent agency conduct the structural audit since the earlier firm — Strucwel Designers & Consultants — was blacklisted by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on February 5.