Mumbai: The LIC, which has sought
permission for reconstructing its century-old heritage
building in an upscale area of south Mumbai, was today asked
by the Bombay High Court to submit by February 28 a proposal
in this regard.
The direction was given by division bench of Justices
P B Majmudar and Amjad Sayed which also asked Life Insurance
corporation of India to give a time-frame for reconstruction
of the building in D N Road area.
The LIC had moved the High Court urging that the
condition of the building has deteriorated in the last three
years and and had sought permission to rebuild it.
But the tenants alleged that the LIC neglected to
carry out the repairs and argued that they may be allowed to
rebuild it. LIC contends that it is the owner, hence only it
could do that.
Known as General Assurance Company building, the
three-storey heritage structure, constructed in 1908 with cast
iron columns and stone and brick walls, first suffered damage
during the Bombay Docks explosion in 1940s when a ship
carrying a cargo of cotton bales and 1400 tons of explosives
caught fire and triggered two blasts off Mumbai port.
In the heavy rains last year, a portion of the
building`s ceiling fell after which the tenants were moved
It he only structure in this prime locality without
any occupants at present.
During the hearing a week ago, the court was informed
that Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee has been added as
a party to the petition as it will have to grant permission to
rebuild the heritage structure.