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Mumbai Metro III: Now, some Mumbaikars stand up for the project

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MUMBAI: For the first time in the last few months, a group of Mumbaikars have come forward in support of the controversial Metro III line. These citizens from Colaba, Mahim and other areas have approached the Bombay High Court seeking intervention in an ongoing litigation due to which the HC has stalled the ancillary and drilling work at night.

These citizens are likely to draft a petition and move the bench headed by Chief Justice Manjula Chellur on Friday. They seek to intervene in the petition filed by advocate Robin Jaisinghani claiming that the Metro authority has been breaching the Noise Pollution Rules, 2000, by working in the night hours.

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It may be recalled that CJ Chellur had in August stayed the work. However, on Thursday, Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhkoni informed the judges that certain heavy vehicles are required for drilling activities. He also said that these vehicles can only be brought in the night. Posting the matter for further hearing on Friday, the judges have asked the Metro authority to spell in an affidavit its schedule as to what time it proposes to work during the night hours.