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Court asks for photos of bldgs near Gilbert Hill

The Bombay high court on Monday directed builders who have allegedly developed on land close to Gilbert Hill in Andheri to submit photographs of the buildings to take ascertain the distance between the buildings and the hill.

mumbai Updated: Feb 07, 2012 02:12 IST
HT Correspondent

The Bombay high court on Monday directed builders who have allegedly developed on land close to Gilbert Hill in Andheri to submit photographs of the buildings to take ascertain the distance between the buildings and the hill.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation against construction activities near the hill, which, according to the petition, is a remnant of molten lava that erupted in the Mesozoic era, 65 million years ago.

The petition moved by activist Shail Rane, Shree Goandevi Durga Devasthan Trust and Shiv Sena corporator Yellapa Kushalkar, has urged the court to direct the Centre and the state government to recommend the monolith to the UNESCO and secure a world heritage status for it.

The builders have, however, contended that the hill is not a protected monument of international importance and does not come under the purview of the Archeological Survey of India.

The judges observed that even if the monument is not protected, the heavy machinery used for construction around it may take a toll on its stability.

The builders have further contended that they have all the necessary permissions for construction from the civic body and the slum rehabilitation authority.

According to the PIL, the distance between the vertical cliff and the building is 13.40 meters. The petitioners have pointed out that the regulations and communication between various authorities like the municipal corporation, the Geological Survey of India and the Bombay Natural History Society indicates that there has to be a boundary of approximately 40 meters around the hill where quarrying activities should not be carried out.

The court has adjourned the hearing till February 9.