The Bombay excessive court docket (HC) has allowed the Mumbai Metropolitan Area Growth Authority (MMRDA) to chop 86 mangroves in Parigachi Khadi for the development of six piers of the Mumbai Metro Line-2B, which connects DN Nagar in Andheri to Mandale. MMRDA has pledged to plant 4,400 mangroves and deposited the quantity required for compensatory afforestation.
“We’re satisfied that Metro Line-2B mission is carried out in public curiosity,” mentioned a bench of justice SJ Kathawalla and justice Madhav Jamdar final week whereas giving the go-ahead.
The bench took into consideration the State Setting Impression Evaluation Authority’s November 2018 clearance for the development within the mangroves forest and the Union surroundings ministry’s approval for it in January.
MMRDA moved the court docket after the latter in September 2018 held that mangroves can’t be permitted to be destructed until the work is critical for the general public good or is within the public curiosity. It mentioned about 111 sq. metres of forest land had been completely required for the development of the six piers. About 1,860 sq. metres space across the piers was wanted quickly to allow their building.
MMRDA assured the court docket it would restore the momentary space to its unique situation as soon as the development is accomplished, and abide by the Union ministry’s situations for approving the proposal.
Mumbai Metro Line-2B is a 23.64 km lengthy elevated hall which may have 22 stations. The hall will cut back journey time between the jap and western suburbs by 40 to 55 minutes. It’ll end in a 30 to 35℅ consequent discount in vehicular site visitors.
MMRDA has argued that aside from offering eco-friendly transportation, the Metro Rail mission can also be anticipated to cut back emission, enhance site visitors situations in Mumbai Metropolitan Area, and save valuable gasoline.