MMRDA seeks Bombay HC nod for Metro automobile shed work | Mumbai Information – Instances of India

MUMBAI: Citing safety from the axe to 1,000 extra bushes at Aarey and saving the state exchequer nearly Rs 2,300 crore, the Mumbai Metropolitan Area Growth Authority (MMRDA), which is executing the Mumbai Metro Rail venture, on Tuesday sought that the Bombay excessive court docket raise an interim keep granted final December on work on the Kanjurmarg plot for the Metro automobile shed.
The state authorities, in its reply, additionally sought that the keep be vacated. It mentioned that it has “at all times been the proprietor and in precise bodily possession of the Kanjurmarg land since 1959” and sought dismissal of the Centre’s “misconceived” petition claiming title to the plot.

The state mentioned that holding the “public significance” of the venture in thoughts “work ought to not be stalled any additional”.
It expressed its willingness to “give all advantages and compensation” on acquisition to whoever could also be profitable within the dispute between Centre and state over the land title and between Mahesh Garodia and the Centre over the previous’s declare to curiosity as lessee. If the state wins, it’s prepared at hand over the land for the automobile shed.

A composite automobile shed for Metro Traces 3, 4 and 6 at Kanjurmarg will forestall spending of Rs 1,511 crore for land in Goregaon Pahadi for Line 6 and Rs 777 crore for land in Mogharpada for Line 4.

The HC is listening to a petition filed by the central authorities’s salt division claiming that it owns the Kanjurmarg land and the state can not give away 102 acres for the Metro automobile shed. The Centre challenged an October 2020 order of the state handing over the plot to the MMRDA, which, in flip, gave it to Delhi Metro Rail Company to execute the automobile shed and casting yard work.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish Kulkarni sought replies and rejoinders from all events by March 8, and posted the issues for additional listening to on March 12. The HC mentioned it’s going to hear the matter lastly.

The state had, on January 6, appointed a particular committee to reassess viability of the Kanjurmarg land for an built-in Metro automobile shed.

At Aarey, “since there are dense clusters of previous bushes with Aarey depot plot and new bushes have grown over the previous couple of monsoons, it isn’t attainable to plan…a full-fledged depot with an space lower than 30 hectares with out slicing further 1,000 extra bushes,” mentioned the MMRDA affidavit submitted by deputy collector Nitin Chavan.

The Centre is a associate within the underground Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro Line 3 and mustn’t take an adversarial stand because the venture would get delayed, the event company identified and filed a recent interim utility earlier than the HC.

The MMRDA mentioned that by 2031, 90 lakh folks will profit from the six Metro traces, together with Metro 3, and may have an estimated 55 lakh commuters each day.

In August 2015, the Kanjurmarg plot was held by the state government-appointed technical panel because the “most acceptable for the Metro Line 3 automobile shed in bigger public curiosity” because the second selection—Aarey—would require “a further value of Rs 750 crore”, mentioned the MMRDA affidavit.

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