Victoria House collapse: BMC, identifies tenants, contractors

New tenants and contractors working on the ground floor of the Victoria House building in Lower Parel that collapsed Monday have been identified by the BMC.

However, three days after the collapse that killed two and injured six — all employees of Jindal Steel Works (JSW)— neither the BMC nor the police have taken any definite action to fix responsibility.

"Apart from Aditya Mangaldas, owner of the plot who has his office on the ground floor, we have identified new tenants — PPCL, a packaging company, which occupied the space earlier used by Diligent Media Corporation's daily newspaper DNA. ABM Architects was carrying out changes on the layout of the ground floor and the contractor DMC Interiors, was doing the work," said Ubale. He added that investigations on legality of the lease are being carried out.

"Action will be taken against defaulting parties under the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act of 1996 as we have found out that no permission was given for any renovation work in the building. For this we have sought a meeting with the parties concerned," Ubale said.

"We are in the process of identifying the people responsible for the incident and are collecting documentary evidence against them. Further course of action will be decided once inquiries are complete," senior police inspector Sudhakar Ghagre, N M Joshi Marg police station said.

JSW which owns the first two floors of the building, has alleged the tenant at the ground floor was undertaking construction work. Victoria House, formerly part of Victoria Mills, a heritage structure years ago, underwent redevelopment. Some of the pillars of the current building date back to 1897.

At 11.30am on Monday, the two-storeyed building collapsed on the northern and western side trapping eight persons - all employees of JSW - under the debris. Apart from the casualties, spokespersons for the company said records, infrastructure and IT systems in the area have also been damaged.

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