Mumbai: Four days
after a major fire gutted four of its seven floors, work resumed
in the Maharashtra state secretariat, Mantralaya, here Monday.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan along with other ministers and
staffers started the day with a condolence meeting for the five
people who died in the fire Thursday.
Expressing grief, Chavan and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar
extended their support for the families of the deceased.
While Chavan has resumed work from the first floor office of
Health Minister Suresh Shetty, Pawar will be working from the
second floor office of Water Resources Minister Sunil Tatkare.
A team of experts after inspecting the building, gave the safety
clearance to three lower floors of the ground-plus-six floor
Other ministers, key officials and other department heads will
operate from alternative offices in the Maharashtra Legislature (Vidhan
Bhavan) building or from the new administrative building - both
across the road from Mantralaya.
The Public Works Department (PWD) has requisitioned 56,000 sq feet
in the G.T. Hospital, near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, and
another 30,000 sq feet at the MTNL telephone exchange building
In an appeal, Chavan and Pawar asked people whose applications
were pending at Mantralaya level to provide copies of the original
applications, acknowledgements and enclosures to their respective
The appeal, appearing in the media, said that it would help the
government in speeding up the reconstruction of records.
The Mantralaya is expected to be fully functional within three
months, according to PWD Minister Chhagan Bhujbal.
A major fire Thursday gutted large parts of the iconic building
which was doused after nearly 27 hours.