Mumbai: With the Bombay High Court’s orders on Tuesday, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will have to install a total of 22 Automatic Rain Gauges within two weeks.
The directions come in response to public interest litigation (PIL) alleging that MMRDA has failed to comply with the earlier orders of HC, wherein the planning authority was directed to install 30 Rain Gauges in the city.
It may be recalled that the HC in its order dated August 26, 2015 had directed MMRDA to install a total of 30 Rain Gauges across the city. In the orders, the HC had specifically mentioned that the Rain Gauges must be installed before March 31, 2016.
On Tuesday, when the matter came up for hearing before Justice Vidyasagar Kanade and Justice Mahesh Sonak, the bench was informed that despite the orders the authorities installed only eight such Gauges, till date.
Upon being informed, the bench directed MMRDA to comply with the earlier orders (to install the Gauges) within a period of two weeks.
During the hearing, the petitioner also informed the bench that the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has not yet identified the sites for the installation of ‘Doppler Radar’ in the city.
Accordingly, the bench inquired of the same, to which the lawyer appearing for IMD told the bench that the competent authority has identified the sites in the city and have sent its proposal to the main headquarters in New Delhi. The lawyer also told the bench that once the headquarters accept the proposal, the department can initiate further action.
The bench then directed IMD authorities to finalize the sites for the installation of Doppler radar, within a period of four weeks.
Meanwhile, the petitioner pointed out that despite several orders from the court, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) has failed to remove the garages and other shops near the Mithi River, which are acting as a ‘hurdle’ for the smooth flow of water.
Posting the matter on August 9, the bench directed MCGM to file a detailed affidavit in response to all the petitions regarding the Mithi River.