LOCAL residents who noticed some construction work allegedly undertaken by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) in Aarey Colony, Goregaon, on Wednesday led to angry activists saying this was a violation of the order of the National Green Tribunal.
In Aarey Milk Colony, a Metro Rail car depot is expected to be built but the project has been halted due to the NGT order.
While activists pointed out dumping of debris and machines that appeared to be levelling a patch of land near Powai, MMRC officials denied any construction activity. “There is no construction going on there. A 3.5-hectare site is assigned as our depot. The contractor will be setting up his office, leveling yard and casting yard. The NGT order, anyway, only says no construction upto 100 m from the boundaries of Sanjay Gandhi National Park,” said R Ramana, Executive Director, Planning, MMRC. The activists disagreed and demanded that the work being undertaken be halted.
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“In its order, NGT had directed the BMC, the director of Aarey Colony and the Chief Conservator of Forests to issue notices to all project proponents of any construction work and keep status quo till further orders were passed. The activity there is a gross violation,” said Stalin D with the NGO Vanashakti and Save Aarey Conservation Group.
Assistant Conservator of Forests Sanjay Lachke said forest officials would visit the site Thursday to examine the plot. “So far we know that activity is taking place on private property in Aarey. We need to probe further to understand if there are any violations with the NGT orders,” he said.