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Mumbai metro car shed mission row: Bombay HC stays transfer of Kanjurmarg land to MMRDA


Mumbai: The Bombay Excessive Court on Wednesday stayed an snarl handed by Mumbai suburban district collector dishing out 102 acre of salt pan land in Mumbai’s Kanjurmarg snarl for the come of an integrated Metro car shed.

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni additionally restrained the authorities from carrying out any constructing work at the said land.

The Centre and the Shiv Sena-led MVA authorities in Maharashtra are locked in a tussle over ownership of the land earmarked by the snarl for constructing the car depot which was once earlier planned at Aarey Colony, a green belt in suburban Goregaon.

The Union authorities has filed a petition in the excessive court docket mighty the 1 October, 2020 snarl handed by the collector dishing out the land for constructing of the car shed, and said the land belongs to its (Centre’s) salt department.

“We cannot enable the collector’s snarl of 1 October, 2020 to proceed. The snarl has to scoot. We are admitting the petition and granting reduction as sought by the petitioner (Union authorities) in prayer clauses ‘h’ and ‘I’,” the court docket said.

As per prayer clause ‘h’, the Union authorities had sought the court docket to remain operation of the collector’s snarl of 1 October, transferring possession of 102 acres of land to the Mumbai Metropolitan Plan Construction Authority (MMRDA) for constructing of an integrated car shed for a Metro line.

In the prayer clause ‘I’, the Centre had sought an snarl from the court docket restraining the MMRDA from carrying out any constructing work on the said land.

The HC on Monday steered the snarl authorities to indulge in in tips withdrawing the snarl handed by the collector.

On Wednesday, Recommend Total Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, acting for the snarl authorities, educated the Excessive Court that the snarl was once ready to withdraw the snarl and provides a novel listening to to the Union authorities, nonetheless the come work would proceed at the land. Kumbhakoni educated the court docket that currently soil making an attempt out work was once on at the put.

The excessive court docket, on the different hand, famed that after it was once of the prima facie gaze that the collector’s snarl transferring possession cannot proceed, then how can it enable constructing work to scoot on at the said land.

The court docket on Wednesday granted live and admitted the petition for preferrred listening to in February.

The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) authorities, comprising the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, had adverse the plea and said the land that has been dispensed to the MMRDA for the Metro car shed is owned by the snarl authorities.

The Union authorities, in its plea, claimed all the salt pan land in the snarl, along with the 102 acres dispensed to the MMRDA, belongs to the Centre’s salt department.

The old Maharashtra authorities led by BJP had made up our minds to build the car shed for the Mumbai Metro Line 3 at Aarey Colony in the western suburbs, no matter opposition from environmentalists and activists to the big tree-cutting for the mission.

The cover Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA authorities currently took a decision to shift the car shed from Aarey to Kanjurmarg. It made up our minds to build an integrated car shed at Kanjurmarg for Metro traces 3, 4, 4A and 6, in attach of constructing separate car sheds for these traces.

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