Bombay HC summons civic chief Ajoy Mehta over delay in finalising land for Doppler radar

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:November 24, 2016 1:47 am

AS A result of an inordinate delay by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in finalising a location to set up a new Doppler radar system in the city, the Bombay High Court Wednesday directed Municipal Commi-ssioner Ajoy Mehta to be present before the court next week.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Manjula Chellur was hearing a PIL filed by Atal Dubey regarding the flooding caused by heavy rainfall in the city last year.

The city which had a Doppler radar in Navy Nagar area in Colaba had to be made dysfunctional after it restricted the construction of high rises in the area. Such radars predict deluge-like situations as a result of heavy rainfall. As a result, a new Doppler radar was proposed.

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Chellur said, “The civic body doesn’t seem to be serious about the issue. We have been passing lengthy orders on this issue and the BMC has not done anything. It’s better if the commissioner appears before the court.”

The BMC’s advocate informed the court that although some locations were identified, it couldn’t be finalised as they were not deemed feasible by the hydraulic engineering department. The court asked the commissioner to appear with all the relevant documents and reports of the hydraulics department.

Last year, during the hearing of this PIL, the Indian Meteorological Department had informed the court that they are looking for sites to install another Doppler radar system. Thereafter, the BMC was asked to finalise the plot and hand it over to the department which they failed to do within the stipulated time.

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