Mumbai: High Court reverses stay on drilling, tunneling at South Mumbai for Metro III line

Nov 30, 2017, 08:53 IST | Agencies

The Bombay High Court yesterday vacated the stay imposed by it on the drilling and tunnelling work near the heritage J N Petit Institute building in South Mumbai for the proposed Metro III line

The Bombay High Court yesterday vacated the stay imposed by it on the drilling and tunnelling work near the heritage J N Petit Institute building in South Mumbai for the proposed Metro III line.

The direction came after the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) submitted that it had implemented all suggestions given by a committee set up by the court in this regard.

While permitting MMRCL to resume work in the area, a bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice M S Sonak directed it to ensure that no damage was caused to the heritage buildings in the area, including the 119-year-old J N Petit Institute and Library. In September this year, the trustees of the Institute filed a plea alleging that the tunnelling work was damaging the foundations of several heritage and iconic buildings in the area, including its own library and garden.

The high court had then restrained the MMRCL from carrying out any drilling and excavation work in and around the J N Petit Institute's library and garden. The bench also directed that a committee be constituted to study the effects of such tunnelling work on the buildings, and to suggest ways to continue with the work without damaging the buildings in the area.

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