Thane: Bombay HC vacates stay on construction of dam on Kalu River

Earlier in March 2012, the Bombay HC had put a stay on the construction of dam on Kalu river at Murbad town in Thane district while stating that necessary permission from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) was not taken

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Bombay High Court on Monday vacated a stay on the construction of a dam on Kalu river in Thane district and allowed the same to be resumed. 

A bench comprising of Justice Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari and Riyaz Chagla said that the construction work for the dam can be resumed after getting required environment clearances. 

Earlier in March 2012, the Bombay HC had put a stay on the construction of dam on Kalu river at Murbad town in Thane district. 

The HC had stated that necessary permission from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) was not taken by the Maharashtra government.

The stay was removed after eight years and the work has been pending since then. The HC observed that the dam is important as it aims to provide drinking water to Mumbai, Thane and other neighbouring districts. 

There will be an increase in Mumbai’s population and nearby cities by 2031. The dam is important as it aims to provide drinking water,” Justice Dharmadhikari said. 

The bench was hearing a petition filed by an NGO which had argued that construction of the dam will submerge an area of 2,100 hectares. Of the total area, 1,000 hectares of dense forest will be submerged. 

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Earlier, the Adivasis residing in the area had also opposed the project while rejecting the rehabilitation offered by the then government. 

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