HC paves way for Metro Line-3: Permits shifting of tribunal office in south Mumbai
Paving the way for Metro Line-3, the Bombay high court (HC) has granted conditional permission to temporarily shift the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) office to Earnest House in South Mumbai.mumbai Updated: Nov 03, 2016 18:07 IST
Paving the way for Metro Line-3, the Bombay high court (HC) has granted conditional permission to temporarily shift the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) office to Earnest House in South Mumbai.
The division bench of justice Abhay Oka and justice Amjad Sayed has granted the permission on a prime condition that the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) will have to provide 18,000 sqft of constructed space to the tribunal in the newly constructed premises. It has also directed that MAT can be shifted to Earnest House only after all the requisite infrastructure is provided at the alternative location.
The issue of temporarily shifting MAT from its current location — opposite Vidhan Bhavan in Nariman Point — had come up for consideration when the court was hearing a pending public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Kanhaiya Mahamuni regarding court infrastructure.
MMRCL temporarily requires the land from where the tribunal is currently functioning to construct the Metro Line-3.
In an affidavit filed in HC by Ashok Bhamse, deputy general manager of MMRCL, the corporation said only after the tribunal’s chairman approves the plan, it will construct a new building on the land after completing the metro line and provide various facilities to the tribunal on an area spanning 14,000 sqft. The facilities will include court rooms, chambers for judges, bar rooms, registrar’s office, library, waiting area, store-cum-record rooms, toilets and parking space, among others.
MAT, however, pointed out that the tribunal will require at least 18,000 sqft in the new building following which the bench has directed MMRCL to provide an additional 4,000 sqft constructed area over and above the 14,000 sqft agreed to be provided.
The bench has also directed MMRCL to provide a suitable alternative premise for MAT in South Mumbai, if it fails to complete construction of the metro line and the new building for MAT in time and the tribunal is required to vacate the premises taken on lease at Earnest House.
It has also directed the corporation to file an undertaking within a month incorporating all the assurances, including the area of 18,000 sqft in the new premises.