Contractors Can Proceed Coastal Road's Work at 'Their Own Risk': Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has ordered the BMC to continue the work of Coastal Road Project at their own risk until the next Bombay High Court hearing on June 6.

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Several activists and NGOs had moved to Bombay High Court against the Coastal Road Project which they claim that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is implementing without jurisdiction and faulty and illegal green clearance.

The activists also filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that the project requires an environmental clearance under the Environmental Impact Assessment Notification 2016, which is lacking.

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On April 11, Bombay HC had listed the petitions of activists and fishermen community for hearing on April 23. BMC had verbally assured that no new reclamation would take place until next day to which the activist's counsel said that there should be a written order for 'status quo' to be maintained on reclamation.

However, on April 23, Bombay HC did not alter its order to maintain status quo and placed the final hearing on June 3. Notably, BMC filed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court (SC) against HC order and said that the work should be permitted to continue as each day's delay amount accounts to a loss of ₹10 crores. Contractors L&T and HCC-HDC filled a similar SLP in SC.

On Monday, May 6, SC allowed the existing work to continue but at the contractor's own risk of the pending outcome of HC. The Supreme Court further directed Bombay HC to hear and decide PIL's against the project on June 3. 

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