Acquire Worli high-rise that is posing a security threat, court advises Centre
The Bombay High Court advised the Central government on Monday, which considers a high-rise building at Worli a security threat to nation, to consider acquiring the building.mumbai Updated: Jun 15, 2010 01:37 IST
The Bombay High Court advised the Central government on Monday, which considers a high-rise building at Worli a security threat to nation, to consider acquiring the building.
A division bench of Justice J.N. Patel and Justice S.C. Dharmadhikari suggested that the central government could acquire Har Siddhi Heights, which has been declared as a threat to national security by the naval authority, because it falls in vicinity of INS Trata, the navy's missile base in the city.
The court was hearing a petition filed by one of the residents of the building, Renuka Shah (42) against the Navy, central government and the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) after BEST discontinued power supply to the building.
BEST cited security threat, as a reason to discontinue electricity supply.
“You [Central government] acquire the whole building. Make a proposal to the state government, you have ample powers under the law,” remarked Justice Patel.
Additional Solicitor General Darius Khambata, while arguing for the central government, said that they will consider the suggestion.
Khambata also argued that the 18-storey building is situated at such an angle from the INS Trata that one can see the missiles and other weapons from the building, which can be a security threat.
The court also pulled up the concerned authorities for allowing the construction to come up in a high security area.
Justice Patel said, “It is high time you (authorities) should be concerned about the security of the state and nation. If you had taken timely steps, this would have never happened.”
Shah (42) in her petition has alleged that BEST has discontinued the electricity without giving a prior notice to residents, which is mandatory under the rules. On May 26, a vacation bench of the high court directed (BEST) to restore power supply to the same building.
BEST had cut the electricity supply on May 3, which also resulted in the disruption of water supply to the building.
The court has kept the petition for hearing on June 18.