MUMBAI: The National Green Tribunal (NGT), Pune Bench, has accepted the request of Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited to continue casting work for the Metro III project on Aarey land.
The three hectares were allotted to the MMRCL for commercial exploitation by the state government. The allotment has been challenged by the NGO Vanashakti before the NGT. The NGT had also ordered a status quo in Aarey till it finally decides on the NGO’s plea to declare Aarey as an eco-sensitive zone.
Even as the case was being the MMRCL had allowed its contractors to undertake construction work for the metro route. When activists brought this to the notice of NGT it ordered a stay on the work.
“The NGT has accepted MMRCL’s request on the condition that all legal clearances and formalities are completed before starting the work. Further, NGT has directed MMRCL that it cannot claim any damages or expenses for any work that will be undertaken on the three hectare plot for the casting work if the petition goes against MMRCL and the authority would have to pay for the restoration of the land,” said D Stalin, director NGO.
The stay in the main matter which includes the 30-hectare land for the metro car shed continues, said Stalin. The final hearing will be held on February 17. More info