Mumbai Metro: PIL alleges violation of rules

The phase I of the project is expected to be completed this year.

Mumbai: In a trouble for Mumbai Metro phase I (Versova- Andheri-Ghatkopar), a public interest litigation
filed in the Bombay High Court has alleged violation of
Development Control Regulations (DCRs) and fire safety norms.

Petitioner Monica Matani claims that the city fire
department granted No Objection Certificate to the project
without proper verifications. Besides, the state Urban
Development Department, planning body MMRDA and Brihanmumbai
Municipal Corporation (BMC) violated several rules, and have
put lives of the citizens living near the upcoming metro
stations as well as that of potential commuters in danger,
she says.

The division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and
Justice Ranjit More today asked the Chief Fire Officer of
BMC to file a reply within four weeks.

The petition claims that construction of
Versova-Ghatkopar stretch started in February 2008, but
application for NOC of fire department was made only in
December 2009, after Matani had sought information about it
under the Right to Information Act.

Subsequently, a blanket NOC for all the 12 station
buildings was given, whereas the DCR and Maharashtra Fire
Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act require a separate
permission for each building, it says.

Apart from cancellation of the NOC, the PIL has also
prayed for stay to the construction of these 12 stations.
The phase I of the project is expected to be completed
this year.