While Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) has said that Aarey is the only option for constructing a car-shed, environmentalists crusading against building the facility say it is a matter of will.
Civic officials said that by diverting the excess water from the lakes to artificial holding ponds built either at Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) or Aarey, the river’s water level may be controlled.
Activist Zoru Bhathena said the report of a Technical Committee formed by the state government to find an alternative space for the proposed Metro carshed shows that shifting the project Kanjurmarg will cost Rs 750 crore.
Many prospective bidders had complained that the civic body had added a clause to favour certain contractors. Their main contention was the condition that required them to submit a specific design sample of railings and bollards even before the opening of tender documents submitted by prospective bidders.
Amrita Bhattacharjee from Aarey Conservation Group told The Sunday Express: “People are angry with the government as they did not take cognizance of any of our 82,000 suggestions... It is heartening to see many young people coming forward for Aarey.”
According to the experts, in many trees the authorities did not mention the correct name of the trees. “Numbers written on trees and inventory did not match. We have pointed out this in our report. There are three different numbers of trees given by authorities,” said Kumar.
Under the project, the civic body will install glass fibre railings and bollards along footpaths on roads having a width of more than 60 feet to discourage people from crossing roads mid-way and curb vehicles from driving on footpaths.
The BMC will hire e-bikes that will go door to door to collect hazardous domestic waste. According to officials, the existing vehicles that collect waste have only three compartments each for wet, dry and electronic waste.
The instruction was issued by Municipal Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi on August 21, when a joint meeting of all department officials and contractors was organised to check the status of major projects.
Year after year the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has attracted citizens' ire over pothole-ridden roads. The BMC has now planned ducts while building new roads, a move aimed at avoiding repeated digging of roads by agencies that have utilities underground.