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Mumbai: Doppler radar delay by BMC irks High Court


Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday came down heavily on the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for its ‘lethargic’ approach in finalising sites for installation of Doppler radar in the city. The court rapped the civic body and also warned of contempt proceedings over any failure in the process.

A Public Interest Litigation highlighting woes during monsoon is being heard by a division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice Mahesh Sonak.

Pursuant to the directions of the bench in an earlier hearing, Ajoy Mehta, the Municipal Commissioner was present in the court.

Senior counsel Shailendra Kamdar appearing for BMC told the bench that the civic chief has sanctioned a plot but certain parts have been demarcated for a reservoir. He said, “The Commissioner has sanctioned the site but since a part of the identified plot is reserved for setting up a reservoir plant, it has raised problems for the civic body to finalise the plot. This reservoir plant is expected to resolve the drinking water problems of the city.”

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Subsequently, Mehta told the bench that he can only place the proposed plot before an Improvement Committee, which comprises of 27 councillors. He said that unless the proposal gets a green signal from the Improvement Committee, nothing can be done.

Irked by the submissions, Chief Justice Chellur said, “You (Mehta) are appointed to resolve all the problems pertaining to the corporation but you are passing the buck to the Improvement Committee. If you cannot solve this issue, we will summon the Principal Secretary of the Urban Developments department and if he too fails then we will call upon the Chief Secretary.”