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Manhohan Building Sound, Says Expert

  There is very little chance of damage to the structural integrity of Manohan Building in any tremor in the area, says principal engineer Vijay Krishnan. The Engineered Designs Consulting
04 May 2016 12:33
Manhohan Building Sound, Says Expert
Fiji Water Authority operating from a makeshift office outside Manohan building in Nabua yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

 

There is very little chance of damage to the structural integrity of Manohan Building in any tremor in the area, says principal engineer Vijay Krishnan.

The Engineered Designs Consulting Civil and Structural Engineers principal made the comment during a press conference in Suva yesterday.

He was reacting to comments by the Mineral Resource Department that the structure was not safe to be occupied.

“Following that report we did our own inspections again with a thorough due diligence of the structure; we have come to the conclusion there is nothing structurally wrong with the building.

“Most of the cracks are superficial and has not affected the foundation.

“It is our belief supported by our findings that the actual  structure is not cracked at all; the ceramic tiles which is quite a brittle material and plaster work that was done after the structure was built; those are the areas where there is superficial cracking,” he said.

Mr Krishnan said Fiji had not suffered any strong earthquake that would cause any severe damage to any building structure.

“In our investigations to see what was the cause of the potential tremor that shook the building, we found no structural damage caused by that tremor.

“To our knowledge the building sits on very sound and confident virgin soap stone; it’s a massive rock; it maybe near this fault line which is close by that bridge in Wainivula River but to date there is no reason to believe that there is any question about the structural integrity of the building and being a framed building you can expect bit of movement during a tremor,” he said.

The Manohan Building on the RB Patel Centrepoint junction in Laucala Beach has been vacant since last week because of safety concerns for its tenants. Water Authority of Fiji staff had set up tents at the building’s car park where they are carrying out their services.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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