In a PIL opposing the construction of a proposed film museum at Pedder Road,residents of four housing societies adjoining the Films Division premises complained that the construction carried out at the basement water level was harming their buildings that fall within 10 m of construction.
They also cited irregularities in the permission granted for the construction by the BMC,residents of St Helens Court,Sterling Co-operative Housing Society,Ajoomal Co-operative Housing Society and Sett Minar Co-operative Housing Society,have also said the proposed construction in the Films Division premises at Pedder Road violates the Maharashtra (Urban Areas) Preservation of Trees Act,1975,the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act,Development Control Regulations and Coastal Regulation Zone norms.
Their lawyer Jamshed Mistry told the court that the project undertaken by the Films Division falls under the Coastal Regulation Zone norms,but did not have the necessary sanctions. He urged the court to permit the residents to inspect the construction site to ascertain the distance between the buildings and the proposed museum.
Lawyer for the Films Division Advait Sethna told the court that the proposal to construct an amphitheatre had been shelved. He said a terrace garden would be constructed near the film museum. Chief Justice Mohit Shah,remarked that hardly any people go to museums. The court allowed the residents to inspect the construction site and adjourned the case till May 7.
The residents urged the court to direct MoEF and the Director General of Films Division to shift the project to Film City in Goregaon that they termed an appropriate alternative location. They said the construction of the museum would worsen the traffic movement on the roads.