HC rap for civic body,traffic cops

Responding to a petition challenging the construction of a proposed film museum at Peddar Road,the Bombay High Court on Thursday said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and the state traffic police should not aggravate the existing parking woes in major areas of the city.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: February 3, 2012 5:46 am

Responding to a petition challenging the construction of a proposed film museum at Peddar Road,the Bombay High Court on Thursday said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the state traffic police should not aggravate the existing parking woes in major areas of the city.

Among other issues,the petition filed by residents of the area said the construction would “severely impede vehicular and human movement on Peddar Road”. According to them,there is no explanation given by the authorities on how cars and buses will exit the property.

During the hearing,Chief Justice Mohit Shah expressed concern on the possible problems on account of the structure and said,“Why can you not find a more spacious place which has more scope for parking to build the museum? You should not aggravate a problem which is already there in the city.”

The court has asked both the traffic department and the civic body to file affidavits within three weeks explaining their stand on the issue.

Earlier,lawyer Advait Sethna,appearing for the central government’s Films Division,claimed that the department had obtained all necessary permissions to construct the museum. The lawyer further stated that the proposal is in public interest and that such museums are much-needed in the present times. The state government,meanwhile,told the court that while it has given its no-objection certificate (NOC) to the proposal,it has also stipulated 22 conditions for the same.

The petition,moved by four housing societies in the posh locality,noted that the area is very crowded with about 1.5 lakh people living in the vicinity. The petition also pointed out that there is a college and a hospital within 100 metres of the proposed film division.

According to the residents,the BMC had issued a commencement certificate (CC) for the project on April 29 last year without mandatory clearance from the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority. The residents have suggested that the museum be shifted to the the Film City premises in Goregaon instead.

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