Mumbai: In a jolt to the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL), which is executing the Mtero III project, the Bombay High Court on Friday directed it not to carry out any construction activity near Cuffe Parade area at night for two weeks. The order comes after a Cuffe Parade-based resident dragged the MMRCL to the court seeking Rs 10,000 per day compensation for not being able to sleep at night.
A division Bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice Nitin Jamdar heard the petition filed by Robin Jaisinghani (50) seeking directions to the MMRCL to stop all construction activities near his home at night. Jaisinghani told the judges that MMRCL has flouted all noise pollution rules and did not care about a verdict given by another Bench of Justice Abhay Oka. “As per the Noise Pollution Rules, the permissible limit is 55 decibels during the day and 45 decibels at night. But MMRC has been disregarding the law. The noise level exceeds 60 decibels at night,” Jaisinghani told the court.
Kiran Bagalia, lawyer for the MMRCL, said that only concrete filling work was being done at night. Weighing the submissions, Chief Justice Chellur said, “We direct the MMRCL not to carry out any construction or ancillary work in the said area from 10 pm to 6 am for two weeks…Meanwhile, we would also want to hear the stand of the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board on the issue.
In his petition, Jaisinghani has asked for a compensation of Rs 10,000 a day from February 1, 2017, for spending sleepless nights.