After political parties, residential and commercial buildings in south Mumbai, too, have been asked to vacate parts of their premises temporarily for construction of the 33.5-km Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 corridor.
The acquisition of private property will be temporary and the owners will get back the plots once the construction work is over, which could take up to six years.
The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) — a joint venture of the state and Central government to build the metro — has sent notices to 21 buildings, located close to the five proposed Metro stations in south Mumbai, namely Cuffe Parade, Vidhan Bhavan, Churchgate, Hutatma Chowk and Science Museum. The Kasturi Building, National Insurance Co Ltd Building, Petroleum House, Khetan Bhavan, Mittal Tower, JN Institute are among the buildings that have received the notice.
The notice states a part of their property will be used during the construction work, and there will be no damage to the main structure during the work. Secondary structures such as compound wall, parking areas, entry/exit gates, gardens, security cabins may, however, be demolished for activities related to the underground construction.
According to the MMRC officials, most of the acquired area will be used to create entry and exit points for Metro stations. “In most cases, the compound walls are likely to be razed. In some cases, the gates of the buildings may be moved,” said an official.
MMRC spokesperson Dilip Kawathkar said, “We have sent the notices and had a meeting with the residents. We have informed them the demolition will be temporary and the MMRC will rebuild the demolished part, once the construction work is complete.”
On the other hand, projectaffected building owners are yet to decide on allowing the MMRC to use their properties. Jagdish Gujeran, who represented the Petroleum House at the meeting, said, “The MMRC has told us the details of the plan will be shared with us. Certain issues are still to be discussed. After studying all aspects, final decision will be taken by our management.”
The MMRC is yet to decide on the compensation for the projectaffected building owners, as the acquisition will be temporary. “We are working on three-four alternatives. The issue will be discussed with property owners in the upcoming meeting,” MMRC managing director Ashwini Bhide said.