The city’s popular Café Mondegar, several other eateries and shops housed in the Metro House building in Colaba, are unlikely to open anytime soon.
The structural audit report of the building, gutted by a major fire earlier this month, revealed severe damages and said major repairs are needed before residents and tenants can move back in.
The auditor appointed by the owner of the Metro House submitted the interim report before the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) on Tuesday.
The report said the fire weakened the building and it is crumbling, especially the second and third floors of the B-wing. It said, no one should be allowed to move back in unless proper repair is done. The final audit report will be submitted after 15 days.
On June 2, a major fire gutted a part of the iconic building at Colaba. The building hosts famous eateries and shops like Cafe Mondegar, McDonalds, Metro Shoes and Plaza showroom. It took more than seven hours to douse the fire that damaged the second and third floors.
The executive engineer of MHADA, Dilip Garje, said, “The interim report has suggested that major repair works should be taken up. We will hold meetings with all authorities concerned and decide the further steps.”
A senior civic official said, “Since only the B-wing is affected majorly, there is no need to pull down the building. It will take at least six to seven months to repair until then no one will be allowed inside the building. However, the part of building on the Cafe Mondegar side only needs minor repairs.”
He added, “We will see if it is possible to allow Cafe Mondegar to open in the next month. However, the decision will be taken once the final audit report is out.”