The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC’s) inquiry into the Dockyard building collapse says the incident occurred largely because of the changes made in the ground floor.
The building collapse occurred on September 27 this year.
The BMC had allotted the ground floor of the four-storey building to Ashok Mehta, owner of Mamamiya Developers, who also worked as a decorator.
Mehta carried out illegal alterations and damaged the building’s pillars, leading to its collapse, the report pointed out.
The tampering weakened the building so much that the pillars and beams could not take load of the building any more, a civic official said.
“Mehta has already been arrested. We are going to share the details of the report with the police for further action,” the official added.
Municipal authorities said they continue to hold three officials from the department (deputy Superintendent PC Chavan, assistant engineer Rahul Jadhav and inspector Jamil Qazi) responsible for the Dockyard building collapse.
“A notice was issued to Mehta in 2011. But the staffers did not follow up the matter. Since the report, too, says beams and pillars were tampered with, their
inaction is underlined,” the official added.