Acting on a public interest litigation (PIL), the Bombay high court on Thursday temporarily restrained the Maharashtra State Development Corporation (MSRDC) from allowing any advertisement hoardings to be put up at the Mahim interface of the BandraWorli sea link.
The restraint will continue till it is made clear if the area falls under the Costal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) - I or CRZ - II category.
The division bench of justice DY Chandrachud and justice SC Gupte also directed the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) to verify whether the hoarding site falls within CRZI or CRZ-II and submit a report to the court within a month.
“We don't want illegal hoardings to come up first and then go for regularization, you may go ahead with the construction only if all permissions are granted to you,” the bench told MSRDC.
The PIL is filed by Vile Parle resident Dr Satyendra Singh who has questioned construction of the hoarding site, barely 100 meters away from the Mithi river, which may prove disastrous if there are heavy rains and a deluge like situation as experienced by the city in July 2005.
The PIL adds that the MCZMA had, in its 72nd meeting, decided to not allow any hoardings in CRZ-I areas.
Despite which a tender was floated by the MSRDC to grant a contract for a five-year period at the Mahim interface of the sea link.
He has therefore sought cancellation of the tender process, initiated on January 2, and restraining of the corporation from letting out the area for construction of advertisement hoardings.
The MSRDC has responded to the PIL claiming the area falls under CRZ-II category, where construction with prior approval is permissible.
The bench though directed the MCZMA to inspect the site and finalise its category.