An inquiry into the Ghatkopar building collapse that killed 17 people last month has now prompted the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) into fixing the responsibility of interior decorators associated with projects.
Senior civic officials privy to the inquiry said that the BMC is now mulling over its supervision of interior changes within a structure. Until now, a BMC permission is not sought unless there are structural changes being made in a premises.
A senior civic official said unlike an architect or a structural engineer, interior designers are not certified which makes it crucial to look into their role during any sort or repairs or renovation in a building.
“We are working on a policy to look into the kind of work that interior decorators undertake and the extent of supervision and permissions it would require. In case of architects, their licences can be cancelled but we need to determine clauses when an interior decorator is at fault.”
The official also said there is a difference between an architect and an interior designer in understanding structural issues.
A ground plus four storey building Siddhi Sai collapsed at Ghatkopar on July 25 killing 17 people. Residents have alleged that Shiv Sena leader Sunil Shitap tampered with the main pillars of the structure in order to undertake repairs in his ground floor nursing home.