Mumbai: A complaint has been lodged in the Bandra police station against the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for carrying out work of Metro 7 near Bandra Reclamation area. The complaint has been filed on the ground that the MMRDA has continued the construction work despite the orders of the Bombay High Court. The HC had last week stayed the construction work.
A division bench presided over by Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice Girish Kulkarni had directed the MMRDA to maintain status quo on the plot that is allegedly allotted for a Sunni burial ground. The bench was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by one Mohammed Furqan Ali Mohammed Qureshi.
In his petition, Qureshi – a resident of Bandra (West) had contended that the land in question was earmarked for a cemetery for the Sunni community by the civic body in its draft development plan. According to him, the civic body’s Preparatory Studies Report (PSR) prepared under the chairmanship of civic chief Ajoy Mehta, had suggested to allot 1.6 hectares land in each ward for construction of burial grounds, cemeteries and crematoriums.
On the other hand, the civic body that owns the land had passed the buck to the Maharashtra government making it responsible to allot another piece of land for the cemetery. In the complaint lodged in Bandra police station through advocate Ashraf Shaikh, it is alleged that the MMRDA has been carrying out the construction work in full swing despite the HC’s order.
While speaking to The Free Press Journal, Shaikh said, “We have lodged a formal complaint with police and the police has issued notice to the MMRDA and have sought their say on this issue.” The matter would be taken up for hearing on Tuesday.