The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has come down heavily on the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) after it alleged that the group that had approached the panel were publicity seekers who used 5-year-old children to protest.
MMRC is respondent number -5 in the hearing that is going on at the NGT. MMRC in its affidavit filed before NGT has stated, “The Applicants are litigation propagators, who had with malafide intention sought to stall a public project, which has passed through several examinations from the point of environment and economic feasibility. Any order passed by the Tribunal will frustrate rightly commenced project and would be detriment to the society and thus, the Application needs to be dismissed in limine.”
NGT has come down heavily on MMRC and in its order has said, “We find that the Application is maintainable and grounds urged by the Respondent No.5, requires rejection. As grounds raised are merit less we saddle costs of Rs 5,000/- on the Respondent No.5 to be paid to the Applicants. This costs shall be paid within three (3) weeks from now.”
L&T files petition before NGT
Larsen & Turbo has filed an application before NGT seeking permission in light of the NGT order dated 19th August 2015 for installation of poles and CCTV cameras in Aarey Colony under the CCTV surveillance-based system adopted for national interest and maintenance better law and order in Mumbai city.
In the affidavit filed before the NGT, it has stated, “The applicant is awarded with a tender by the State of Maharashtra with regard to Design, Development, Implementation and Maintenance of Cable CCTV based Surveillance System for the city of Mumbai. The project in question is of national importance and was envisioned after the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai.
The Applicant states that the installation of 75 CCTV Cameras along with poles (or as may be further required to be increased to meet the security criteria) is a part of the tender which has been awarded to the Applicant. The project was inaugurated by the Hon'ble Chief Minister and went live on 30th November 2015. Subsequently installation of 6,000 CCTVCameras are to be completed by October 2016.” the affidavit states.
The affidavit also states, “The project holds national significance and is a matter of security as it pertains to the establishment of a 3 surveillance system via CCTV Cameras in the city of Mumbai. Once deployed, the CCTV Cameras would pave the way for video monitoring of suspicious activities across Mumbai. The project envisions and puts in operation a holistic and integral video surveillance system to enhance safety and security in the city of Mumbai by aiding and assisting the Mumbai Police such that the Police:”
Members attached to the Save Aarey Conservation group told mid-day that as the CCTV installation project is of importance and is related to security of the city and the people, they won’t be opposing the work of CCTV installation at Aarey. “In fact it’s a good thing as it will help in keeping a tab on the activity inside Aarey.”