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Metro-3 in Mumbai: Green panel admits NGO’s complaint against construction

NGT has now posted the matter for hearing on November 10 and also issued a notice to the MMRCL

mumbai Updated: Oct 26, 2017 23:57 IST
Tanushree Venkatraman
Tanushree Venkatraman
Hindustan Times
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Work underway at Metro-3 site in Aarey colony. (HT File Photo)

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday admitted a complaint from non-governmental organisation (NGO) Vanashakti, alleging illegal construction by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) inside Aarey Milk Colony.

In its complaint, the NGO claimed that the MMRCL initiated construction work in Aarey despite a status quo order by NGT in August 2015. The NGO also claimed that the Mumbai suburban collector violated the NGT order by issuing excavation permission to the MMRCL.

Zoru Bhatena, an activist, said, “The MMRCL had filed an application before the NGT seeking permission to start work. However, it started work before tribunal’s decision.”

The NGT has now posted the matter for hearing on November 10 and also issued a notice to the MMRCL.

Work inside Aarey Milk Colony started in September after the Maharashtra government de-notified 30 hectares for Metro-3 car depot.

Activists have been fighting for the depot to be shifted outside Aarey, claiming that the depot will open up the green area for further development.

Commenting on the issue, an MMRCL spokesperson said, “MMRCL conducts its activities in a transparent and ethical manner without flouting the laws.”

First Published: Oct 26, 2017 23:57 IST