Metro rail yet to submit safety report on heritage buildings

CHENNAI: The Chennai Corporation has said it has not received a safety report on heritage buildings — Ripon Buildings and Victoria Public Hall — from the metro rail authority so far. One of metro rail’s underground stations is coming up near the buildings.

Metro rail, on its part, says it has been briefing the corporation regularly and there has not been any safety concern at the sites.

Metro rail began excavation for a station at Park Town near the two 100-year-old buildings. It was supposed to submit stability report once a month to the corporation commissioner. But sources said the report has not been submitted since August 2012. “The report should detail the activities taken up during a month that could endanger the foundations of the buildings and mention the safety precautions taken to prevent any disasters,” said a corporation engineer.

The issue came up in the corporation council meeting on Wednesday, when deputy mayor P Benjamin raised a question. Mayor Saidai S Duraisamy said: “We have sent the query to metro rail on Monday. They have not replied so far.” The corporation said it did not know how many safety reports had been received so far.