The PMC Commissioner Vikas Deshmukh has filed an affidavit before the National Green Tribunal (NGT), assuring that the civic body is not flouting any norms in the construction of the riverside road between Vitthalwadi and Warje, and the ongoing work is underway in adherence with the previous orders of the NGT.

Vikas Deshmukh
The National Green Tribunal summoned PMC commissioner Vikas Deshmukh for a hearing in New Delhi yesterday. File Pic

NGT had summoned Deshmukh through a notice, asking him to remain present for a hearing in New Delhi yesterday. The tribunal was responding after receiving a complaint from activist Sarang Yadwadkar, who alleged that the PMC is disposing debris in the riverbed. Earlier, Yadwadkar had raised objections that PMC was carrying out work within the blue line (flood control line of river) of the riverbed.

“The commissioner filed an affidavit at today’s hearing. The tribunal has accepted the affidavit. The next hearing on the matter will be held on July 15. It should be noted that the tribunal has not put any kind of stay or passed any adverse remark against the corporation,” Manjusha Idhate, PMC legal advisor said.

To minimise the traffic congestion on the overcrowded Sinhagad Road, PMC had proposed to extend the riverside road between Vitthalwadi and Warje. PMC had earlier changed the alignment of the road after receiving directions in this regard from NGT. As a precautionary measure, the corporation has stopped work on the road for now.

“After today’s developments, PMC will now take legal opinion on whether to resume the road work,” Idhate added. Despite several attempts petitioner Yadwadkar was unavailable for comment.