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Spent Rs 15.41 lakh in securing Shakti Mills premises: PWD to HC

The gangrape of a photojournalist in the derelict mill compound on August 22, 2013 sparked public outrage.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
August 23, 2014 12:05:01 am
MILLS-l The compound was to be secured in three phases. The third phase is still under way. (Source: Express archive)

The Bombay High Court was Friday informed that Rs 15.41 lakh was spent by the Public Works Department (PWD) for reconstruction of boundary wall, barbed wire fencing, security cabin and main gate of the defunct Shakti Mills.

The court was also told official liquidator visited the area and inspected the work that has been carried out.

Justice S J Kathawala, on the request of the amicus curiae (friend of court) Naushad Engineer, gave approval for the release of the payment, which will be made from the corpus of the official liquidator.

The gangrape of a photojournalist in the derelict mill compound on August 22, 2013 sparked public outrage.

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Two weeks after the incident, the High Court had asked the official liquidator to rope in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, railway and police authorities to take steps to safeguard the property from encroachments and undesirable elements.

The court asked the liquidator to secure the property by fencing it, removing bushes and shrubs covering parts of the property, installing halogen lamps and making the property visible to areas surrounding the mill at the earliest.

The court had ordered the compound to be fixed in three phases.

While the electrification of the compound, which is the third phase, is still underway, the first two phases —removal of shrubbery and barbed wire fencing —have been completed.

The PWD had informed the court that the total estimated cost for clearing and securing the compound in Mahalaxmi would be Rs 1.58 crore.

The court was told that a corpus of Rs 1.5 crore was available with the official liquidator after paying off the dues of the erstwhile synthetic yarn mill, owned by the Podar family.

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