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Vibro-hammer to be tested by IIT-B

Posted on: February 3, 2011

By Times of India
MUMBAI: The IIT-Bombay, has in a report submitted to the HC said, that it would be using a vibro-hammer outside a residential building in Andheri, to test the impact of the vibrations on the structure.

The report dated January 27, 2011, was submitted in accordance with pursuant to the orders of the court, which had directed a re-audit of the structural damage to the building. The court had set aside an earlier report filed by a private structural engineering company.

The issue before the court, was to ascertain the cause of damage to the building Gautam Niwas at Seven Bungalows in Andheri West, due to the work on the metro rail project linking Andheri, Ghatkopar and Versova. A review petition was filed by the cooperative housing society to set aside the earlier report and seek a re-audit.

IIT will now reuse the vibro-hammer outside the building, under controlled conditionsand monitored by experts. The methodology devised by IIT now is to reuse the vibro hammer outside the building under controlled condition and monitored by experts. The exercise may be carried out in May or June. J J Bhat, counsel for Mumbai Metro One Private Ltd (MMOPL) is yet to receive the IIT report and study it.

Bhat said if it involved breaking down any construction already done for the metro project for the re-audit, then it would be opposed. The MMRDA lawyer Kiran Bagalia said the authority had just received the report on Tuesday and were still studying it. Advocate Simran Puri who appeared for the residents said the court-appointed IIT panel should continue with the tests as it would be under expert supervision. A bench headed by Justice Ajay Khanwilkar gave all concerned parties time to study the report. The matter will be heard on February 10.


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