The order of the state-appointed mill monitoring committee to stop construction on premises of 12 textile mills in central Mumbai will stay.
The committee, which met on Thursday, refused to give respite to developers of these mills because Bombay Dyeing and Manufacturing Company Limited had challenged the stop-work order for its Dadar and Lower Parel premises in the Bombay High Court last week.
The committee’s newly appointed Chairman, Justice (Retd) Parkar, refused to stay the stop-work notice. “The committee refused to provide relief to the mills on the premise that the matter was pending before the court,” said Pravin Ghag, who represented the Girni Kamgar Bhadekaru Sangharsh Samiti before the committee.
The Samiti has been fighting for houses for displaced mill workers.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) issued the stop work notice in March on the instructions of the mill monitoring committee, which supervises the sale and development of the textile mills in Mumbai. The order was issued because the mills had not handed over the mandatory open spaces to government agencies and had not withdraws eviction notices against the occupants.
Bombay Dyeing had urged the court to quash the order saying it has 124 buyers had invested in the apartments, which were under construction, and hundreds of workers were employed at the site.
The court has asked Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority and the BMC to submit their responses on April 9. The 12 mills include nine owned by the National Textile Corporation (NTC), two owned by Bombay Dyeing and one--the Mumbai Textile Mills--sold by NTC to the DLF group.