The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday told the Bombay high court that it would hand over a plot of land at Veravali reservoir to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) by the weekend for installing the city’s second Doppler radar.
IMD had earlier refused to take possession because of the pending proposal for waiver of one-time premium of Rs56 lakh fixed by the BMC for allotting the land.
On Monday, additional solicitor general Anil Singh told the court that the department would take possession of the land, while the proposal for the premium waiver is pending with the state government. Responding to the statement, BMC counsel Anil Sakhare said that the possession would be handed over to the IMD by this weekend.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by advocate Atalbihari Dubey seeking corrective steps after the June 2015 deluge brought Mumbai to a halt for two days. During the course of hearing, Singh also informed the court that the IMD will require at least 18 months to install the radar.