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Builder says no threat to Cumballa Hill from drilling

Residents of an apartment at Altamount Road have moved the Bombay high court alleging that the drilling work being done by a developer on Cumballa Hill was causing landslides in the area. Meher Apartments Cooperative Housing Society told the court that the construction activity was posing danger to the residents. Mohan K Korappath reports.

mumbai Updated: Sep 28, 2011 01:50 IST
Mohan K Korappath

Residents of an apartment at Altamount Road have moved the Bombay high court alleging that the drilling work being done by a developer on Cumballa Hill was causing landslides in the area. Meher Apartments Cooperative Housing Society told the court that the construction activity was posing danger to the residents.

However, senior counsel Janak Dwarakadas, appearing for the builder, argued that the drilling was being done as part of soil investigation and there won’t be any construction till October 18.

“It is not damaging the hill in anyway. It has been going on for four months,” Dwarakadas said.

To which, a division bench of justice PB Majmudar and justice RM Savant asked: “If the soil investigation report is not in your favour, will the development work be stopped?”

Responding to it, Dwarakadas said that there will be no further development.

The petitioners furnished certain photographs showing recent landslides, which was contested by the builder on the grounds that it was on a different part of the hill and had nothing to do with ongoing soil testing activity.

“They are trying to connect two different events,” said Dwarakadas.

The court was also told that the hill has been destroyed due to the mushrooming of slums and there was no damage or danger to the hill because of the drilling. “Cumballa Hill remains or is it only in the name?” justice Majmudar asked.

“The beauty of this city is being destroyed,” he added. While adjourning the hearing till October 17, the court asked the corporation to consider if any prohibitory orders needed to be issued.