Bombay HC likely to appoint a committee to hear complaints about Mumbai Metro-3 work
The court said the committee may comprise a high court judge, an expert and a representative of Colaba residents.mumbai Updated: Oct 14, 2017 00:10 IST
The Bombay high court on Friday said it was inclined to appoint a panel to look into the grievances of south Mumbai residents about noise caused by Metro 3 construction and to consider a plea of the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) to allow it to work round the clock.
The division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and justice Nitin Jamdar said the committee may comprise a high court judge, an expert and a representative of Colaba residents.
The court was hearing a petition filed by advocate Robin Jaisinghani, complaining that work on Metro 3 was being carried out in complete violation of provisions of the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000 and August 2016 judgment of the high court holding that no noise emitting equipment can be used in residential areas at night — between 10pm and 6am.
The 50-year-old resident of Dalamal Tower in Cuffe Parade highlighted that Metro construction work had received a nod from the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) with one of the conditions being no construction activities carried out at night. Acting on his plea, the bench restrained MMRCL from working between 10pm and 6am.
Metro 3 is a 33.5-km fully underground network running along Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ corridor, connecting the city’s financial hubs like Nariman Point, Fort, Worli, Lower Parel and Bandra-Kurla Complex.
MMRCL urged the high court to vacate the stay on construction work at night, saying a lot of public money — Rs23,136 crore — was involved in the project. According to advocate general Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, work is being carried out in an orderly manner like an assembly line and therefore it was necessary to allow MMRCL to work at night.
While making the request, Kumbhakoni assured the court the contractors will undertake high-decibel noise creating work during the day and only the less noisy work later on.
The bench has now posted the petition for hearing after Diwali vacations and is likely to set up the committee on the next date of hearing.