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Worli residents move green tribunal

Fresh trouble is brewing for the Bandra Worli Sea Link (BWSL) as Worli residents have filed a petition with the National Green Tribunal against the rising air and noise pollution due to vehicular traffic on the 4.7km sea link and to put pressure on the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), which maintains the bridge, to undertake remedial measures.

mumbai Updated: Feb 03, 2012 01:09 IST
Zeeshan Shaikh

Fresh trouble is brewing for the Bandra Worli Sea Link (BWSL) as Worli residents have filed a petition with the National Green Tribunal against the rising air and noise pollution due to vehicular traffic on the 4.7km sea link and to put pressure on the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), which maintains the bridge, to undertake remedial measures.

The petitioners had filed a similar petition in the Bombay high court, but it was struck down in March last year.

"After the BWSL became operational, about 45,000 vehicles ply along the Worli sea face every day, against the earlier 3,000 to 5,000. This increase in vehicular traffic has led to abnormally high levels of air and noise pollution in the area," the petition submitted in December states.

It points out that a study conducted by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) at Worli sea face shows that the respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) are more than twice the amount prescribed by the National Ambient Air Quality Standards issued by the Central Pollution Control Board.

The reports submitted by the petitioners state that the RSPM at Worli is 432 microgram per cubic meter (µg/m), while the prescribed limit is 100 µg/m; the suspended particulate matter in the area is 2,051 µg/m, against the prescribed limit of 200 µg/m.

"The data clearly shows that the BWSL has turned the Worli sea face into one of the most polluted parts of the city," the memorandum filed on behalf of Worli residents Dileep Nevatia, Nikhil Desai and Uday Tidke states.

The tribunal was established in October 2010 under the National Green Tribunal Act for effective and expeditious disposal of cases relating to environmental protection, and conservation of forests and other natural resources. It is mandated to dispose off applications or appeals within six months.

The petitioners have also requested that the respondents, which include MSRDC, MPCB and the state government, be asked to take steps to ensure that air and noise pollution levels in the area conform to national standards.

MSRDC officials were unavailable for comment.