Citing the financial loss it is incurring, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), which is the Metro Rail implementing body in the city, on Tuesday urged the Bombay High Court to reconsider the December 2020 order by which all construction activities at the Kanjurmarg site have stayed. The MMRDA sought permission to kickstart the stayed construction work of the Metro Car Shed at the Kanjurmarg site.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish Kulkarni said it would consider the matter finally on March 12.
On Tuesday, when the plea filed by the Union government claiming ownership of the 102 acres land parcel at Kanjurmarg, came up for hearing before the bench led by the Chief Justice, advocate Saket Mone, appearing for the MMRDA told the judges that the authority has filed an application seeking to recall the December 2020 order that stayed all construction activities at the car shed site.
Mone, stressed on the fact that if the car shed isn't constructed within a reasonable time then at least three Metro lines would not get commissioned. "The lines - Metro III (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ), Metro IV (Kasarwadavli-Wadala) and the Metro VI line (Lokhandwala-Vikhroli) would not be commissioned if the car shed is not constructed in time. Further, it would not be made available for the public and they would continue to face difficulties in their daily commute," the application stated.
"Apart from this, even the MMRDA, being the implementing authority is incurring huge financial loss due to the delay caused by the December 16, 2020 order staying construction work at the site," the plea adds.
Notably, the Union, as well as the Maharashtra government, are at loggerheads over the ownership of the 102 acres of land at Kanjurmarg, which has been identified for the car shed. The HC bench led by CJ Datta had in October last year ordered the city's suburban collector to conduct a fresh hearing in the ownership dispute between the Union and the state governments and pass a proper order.