Environmentalists and activists have hailed the high court’s decision, which they felt had validated their contention that the project, aimed at decongesting the city’s roads, was not in the interest of the environment.
According to the BMC, the main purpose is to ease the congestion on the city's choked arterial roads. Mumbai sees massive traffic volumes especially during the morning and evening rush hours in both the north-south and south-north directions.
Family members of the boy have accused the BMC of negligence and said there was no safety measures, like barricading or security guard, near the pit, located close to the slum, when the incident occurred.
Chief Justice Pradeep Nadrajog and Justice N M Jamdar are hearing a bunch of PILs challenging the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s coastal road project that will connect Nariman Point to Kandivali in two phases.
Expressing concern over the inordinate delay in the project, Fadnavis said public interest litigations related to mega-infrastructure projects often lead to complications delaying work and escalating costs.
A petition was filed by Shweta Wagh, an architect, and eight others stating that the ongoing reclamation is not only illegal but will also irreversibly alter the coastal morphology, biodiversity and traditional ecological practices.