MUMBAI: Taking note of structural damage to the Metro House building after a fire at Colaba, the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) has decided to provide accommodation to residents of the building on temporary basis.
According to the Mhada, there are 10 families whose houses were affected in the fire.
However, no affected family has claimed temporary relocation, Dilip Garje, executive engineer of Mhada, said, adding that the scheme is only until the building is restored. He did not reveal the relocation site.
The second and third floors of the four-storey Metro House building were gutted in the fire on Thursday. The building houses some famous eateries and shops like Café Mondegar, McDonald’s and Metro Shoes.
On Saturday morning, Mhada officials sent notice to the owner of Metro House to conduct structural audit of the building. After audit, it can be decided whether the building is safe to live in. Metro House is expected to remain close for at least 15 days. Meanwhile, legal hawkers and shopkeepers near the building are demanding to allow them start their shops as the part of building around Café Mondegar is not affected.
A senior civic official said, “Since the B wing of the building has been severely affected, we can’t take risk of allowing anyone.”