MUMBAI: Cuffe Parade residents have approached Bombay high court to stay construction of Metro III as due process of law for acquiring properties had not been followed.
Residents of buildings close to where a Metro station is to be constructed said the government had not acquired land, roads, streets or passages, which will include parks and playgrounds, in accordance with procedure laid down in Metro Railways (Construction of Work) Act, 1978.
The Act, stated the petition, recognized that construction of a Metro Railway was likely to cause tremendous hardships and adversely impact the health of citizens. It recognized the right of those affected to have their objections heard and decided by a competent authority (CA) appointed under the Act, and the right to receive compensation if their objections are rejected.
The petition stated that Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) had made it clear that it will occupy many gardens, streets, roads and playgrounds, including gardens at Cuffe Parade, Oval and Azad Maidan. They also indicated that many roads and streets will be blocked and traffic diverted. More info