[ecis2016.org] Stating that the metro project served the interest of the public, the Bombay HC has said that while there may be some inconvenience, the authorities must see to it that it is bare minimum
Everyone needs to change their mindset about the inconvenience due to the Metro III project work going on here, the Bombay High Court said, on October 30, 2017, even as the Metro Rail Corporation informed that it has come out with a proposal, to ensure minimum nuisance is caused to the public. A division bench of chief justice Manjula Chellur and justice MS Sonak, was hearing a petition filed by advocate Robin Jaisinghani that the construction activity of the project was causing noise pollution in areas concerned.
The court had, in September 2017, refused to allow Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL), to use heavy machinery or transportation vehicles at night for the Metro III line work. Advocate general Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, appearing for MMRCL, told the high court that the corporation had come out with a proposal, by which it would ensure that the work was carried out and finished expeditiously. The MMRCL authorities will soon be meeting the petitioner (Jaisinghani) and advocate Zal Andhyarujina, appointed as amicus curiae to assist the court in the matter, to discuss the proposal and come out with a solution, he said.
[ecis2016.org] HC refuses to allow Mumbai Metro to deploy heavy machinery at night
The HC then said, while there may be some inconvenience, the authorities must see to it that it is bare minimum. “The Metro project is in public interest. At the same time, how much the authorities can reduce the inconvenience and problems caused to public, because of the construction work, is also important. Everyone needs to change their mindset. Everyone needs to come out of their respective attitudes and perceptions,” chief justice Chellur said. She said the authorities must also change their attitude and be pro-active in trying to come out with the best solution. The bench has now posted the petition for further hearing on November 2, 2017.
In another petition filed by Jaisinghani, raising concerns of fire hazards due to the ongoing construction work of the Metro project in the Cuffe Parade area of south Mumbai, the bench directed the fire brigade officials to carry out inspection of the buildings concerned and submit a report. In the petition, Jaisinghani had claimed that due to barricades put up in and around the area, in the event of fire in any of the residential buildings, the fire brigade would not be in a position to bring its vehicles inside the premises to douse the flames.
Meanwhile, the court posted for hearing on November 6, 2017, another petition filed by a city resident, challenging the construction of the metro rail car shed at the eco-sesitive suburban Aarey Colony.
“On August 24, 2017, a notification was issued under the MRTP (Maharashtra Regional Town Planning) Act, converting the land for construction work. Earlier, the car shed was to be constructed at a land in Kanjurmarg area but since the ownership of that land is in dispute before this court, the MMRCL decided to construct in Aarey Colony,” the petitioner’s counsel, Janak Dwarkadas, said.
He said the bench should hear the petition pertaining to the Kanjurmarg land dispute first. Agreeing to this, the high court directed for the petition to be tagged along with this plea. “The petitions will have to be heard together, in order to understand the practicality of which land can be used for the metro car shed,” the HC said. The 33-km Colaba–Bandra-SEEPZ Metro line III project is a part of the metro system that will connect the Cuffe Parade business district in south Mumbai to SEEPZ in the city’s north-central suburb.
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