Mumbai: Maharashtra Home Department has
permitted the construction of monorail along a road near the
high-security Arthur Road Jail here after the executing agency
agreed to comply with conditions imposed on it while
undertaking the transportation project.
The state-run Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development
Authority (MMRDA) started work on the monorail last year, but
the department did not allow permission for construction along
the Sane Guruji Marg near the jail on security grounds.
The project got stuck near the jail as officials felt
that elevated rail track very close to the jail, which houses
high-profile inmates such as Mumbai terror attack convict
Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, would be risky because it would
provide visual access of the prison premises.
After a series of meetings between officials of MMRDA,
Mumbai Police Commissioner, Inspector General (Prison), and
Deputy Inspector General (Prison), a no-objection certificate
(NOC) was recently issued as the nodal agency (MMRDA) agreed
to comply with all conditions, department sources said.
Some of the conditions are that MMRDA would undertake
construction to increase the height of the prison wall and
build two watch towers inside the jail, they said.
The agency would also build steel view cutters on the
guideway structure to prevent internal view of the prison and
ensure, in coordination with the traffic department, that no
traffic chaos is created due to the construction activity near
the jail, they said.