Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday appointed the Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) to study the ‘probable’ impact of the Metro III work on the heritage temples of Parsi community, situated in South Mumbai region. This comes after the HC suggested the MMRCL to seek an expert opinion on the probable damage to two heritage temples of the Parsi community owing to the tunnelling work of Metro III line. A division bench of Justices Abhay Oka and Riyaz Chagla directed the VJTI to submit the report within 10 days.
The bench was seized with a plea filed by trustees of two fire temples, seeking directions to the MMRCL to re-align the tunnel for Metro III, as the same would pass directly from under the fire temples.
According to the petition filed by the trustees of two temples, the drilling work for the tunnel would directly pass from under the two fire temples and the Atash Behrams (sacred fires). They have claimed that the tunnel would be routed under the fires at Princess Street and Kalbadevi. The community has also expressed apprehension that the tunnelling work would desecrate their holy fires and would also lead to drying up of their holy wells.