The Bombay High Court Thursday asked the official liquidator,which is the custodian of the wound-up Shree Shakti Mills where a photojournalist was gangraped on August 22,to hold a joint meeting with PWD officials and the contributors of the erstwhile mill to consider suggestions to bring down the cost of removing shrubbery and debris from its derelict premises.
The cost of removing shrubbery,undergrowth and debris in the first phase of securing the mill premises was estimated by the PWD to be Rs 17 lakh.
Representing the contributors,senior counsel Praveen Samdani challenged the PWD claim that Rs 8.64 lakh would be required for 800 hours of a JCB machine for cutting grass,besides 600 labours.
Six hundred labourers? In this city,where are 600 labourers going to come from? Samdani said.
Amicus curie (friend of the court) Naushad Engineer,however,told the court that the requirement was of 600 man hours,and not 600 labourers.
PWDs Worli division executive Pramod Patil told the court that 12-14 workers had been deployed for now for cleaning the shrubbery and debris. There is a huge amount of debris in the premises, Engineer said,adding it would take about a month to be cleared.
Samdani,however,suggested that the official liquidator may hold a meeting with the contributors and the government officials together to bring about clarity and try to reduce cost.
Justice N M Jamdar said,Just see that while cost-cutting,the whole thing (securing the mill) is not delayed.
The case will be heard further on October 15.