The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday told the Bombay High Court that it has sought police protection for laying down the water pipes to 11 residential buildings in Goregaon that have been without a connection,allegedly,for nearly two years.
Mantri Realty Limited (MRL) and its director Ranjit Rane had moved the Bombay High Court against the alleged inaction on part of the corporation that had left 400 families living in the residential towers high and dry. Their lawyer A M Vernekar had said the buildings had to be provided tanker water and packaged drinking water by the builder.
Reprimanding the BMC,the court had said that water is a part of right to life enshrined under Article 21 of the Constitution of India and the corporation cannot delay in providing water connections to the buildings.
The 11 buildings were constructed by MRL under the free sale component of a slum rehabilitation scheme undertaken by the state government-owned Shivshahi Punarvasan Prakalp Limited (SPPL) that had constructed 33 buildings under the scheme.
The MRL,however,contended that the residents of the 33 buildings under the rehabilitation scheme had allegedly voiced their concern before the corporation officers stating that if the 11 buildings are provided water supply,they would get less water.
People are obstructing you from giving water to someone else? Justice S A Bobde asked the civic body. The BMCs lawyer Vidya Gharpure,however,told the court that police protection was sought by the corporation to carry out the work of providing water connection to the eleven buildings. The court has adjourned the case for two weeks.