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Residents peeved over construction of embankments at sea banks

Bandra residents are peeved over the construction of embankment at the banks of the sea front being built from Carter road to Bandra Bandstand, reports Naresh Kamath.

india Updated: Dec 23, 2006 22:45 IST

Bandra residents are peeved over the construction of embankment at the banks of the sea front being built from Carter road to Bandra Bandstand.

Locals are angry over the fact that the proposed anti sea erosion bund being constructed would serve no purpose as the sea water hardly reaches the wall.

Calling it a blatant violation of the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Act, residents expressed apprehensions that embankment of 10 feet height and 5 feet long would serve to facilitate illegal structures which dot the sea-fronts.
 
"We were first told that the wall is being constructed to save us from Tsunami. Then the contractors changed tone and said the wall is being built to save our buildings from sea erosion," said Arjun Chhabria, Trustee, Bandra West Residents Association. "The water does not reach our buildings and hence there is no question of sea erosion. The whole deal looks fishy," accused Chhabria.   

When HT visited the spot, work was proceeding in full force and the contractors admitted that work started on last Sunday (December 18). The work has been allotted to RB Chavan by the Harbour Engineering Division (North) for a cost of Rs 1.09 crores. 

The BJP has taken objection calling it a violation of the code of conduct as rules clearly stated no work can be started after December 13 when civic elections were declared. "Any work has to be done after taking local residents into confidence but here all rules have been kept at bay. I am sending a legal notice to the harbour division," said Deepak Padval, BJP corporator.

The Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) under which the area falls expressed ignorance over the entire matter. "I am not aware of any such wall. May be the permission has been given by the head office," said Commander SD Singh, Regional Port Officer, MMB.

Meanwhile Shayama Kulkarni, Chairperson, H West ward has filed a police complaint on this issue.