The Bombay High Court, on June 30, 2018, asked the director of IIT-Bombay, to set up an expert team comprising structural engineers and others, to inspect the site of the recent wall collapse at Wadala and suggest remedial measures.
“The IIT director shall set up the team and the said team shall visit the site and suggest what immediate remedial measures should be undertaken,” the court said. A division bench of justices AS Oka and Riyaz Chagla, was hearing a petition filed by Dosti Blossom Society, challenging the permission granted to Dosti Realty, to construct high-rise buildings in the area.
The society’s lawyer, Atul Damle, said the construction was causing damage to the existing buildings in the area, including Dosti Blossom. Referring to the incident on June 25, 2018, when the compound wall of Lloyd Building adjacent to the construction site of Dosti Realty collapsed, burying several cars in debris, he demanded that the realty firm should be asked not to carry out further construction. Dosti Blossom residents moved the court after the incident. The lawyer for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Anil Sakhre, said a stop-work notice had already been issued to Dosti Realty and only remedial work of backfill and concretisation of the collapsed wall, was on.
The bench has posted the matter for further hearing on July 6, 2018, by when the Indian Institute of Technology team will have to submit its initial report. Earlier, on June 29, 2018, the court suggested that all parties to the petition, can choose an expert institution such as the IIT-Bombay or the city-based Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), to conduct site inspection. “The parties can get in touch with expert institutions and let us know. We will appoint that institution, so that work (on remedial measures) can begin immediately, considering the grave nature of the case,” justice Oka had said.