The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to maintain status quo regarding its plan to construct transit accommodation for 160 families affected by the rail over bridge (ROB) at the Milan subway in Vile Parle.
A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and justice DY Chandrachud also directed the MMRDA to find another site for the project-affected people.
The NP Thakkar Road Residents’ Welfare Association had challenged the MMRDA’s decision to make a transit comp on a plot meant for a service road connecting SV Road with the Western Express Highway.
Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, counsel for the petitioner, said that as per the Town Planning Scheme, no structure could be put on the reserved land.
MMRDA counsel Kiran Bagalia urged the court to allow the camp on the condition that it would be removed once the ROB was complete.
The judges felt that putting the families in an available transit camp would be more feasible than spending Rs 5.6 crore on a temporary five-storey structure.