The Bombay high court on Monday asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to look into the widening of Ghatkopar-Andheri Road.
A division bench of justice Abhay Oka and justice CV Bhadang was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Joshi Shivshankar Jatakshankar, stating there are illegal structures on the Ghatkopar-Andheri Road. The PIL also spoke of delay in moving people living in these structures to an alternate site. A railway road in the area should also be widened, the PIL stated.
The court said neither the BMC nor the railways can dispute that the roads in question are congested, so steps need to be taken for widening of the roads. The court further said it had directed the BMC commissioner to nominate an officer not below the rank of deputy commissioner to look into the matter. The court said ultimately, the BMC would have to find a solution to the problems raised in the petition.
The court has asked the deputy commissioner to look into all aspects of decongesting the area and file an affidavit by June 26. The matter has been scheduled for another hearing on July 2.