Mumbai Coastal Road Project: Supreme Court declines request to resume work

Bombay HC had earlier quashed the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clerance for the coastal road project while directing the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to stop carrying out work on the same

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Supreme Court on Wednesday said that after Diwali, it will hear the petition challenging Bombay High Court order regarding the ₹14,000 crores coastal road project in Mumbai while declining the request to continue its work. 

Bombay HC had earlier quashed the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance for the coastal road project while directing the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to stop carrying out work on the same.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that the petition will be heard before a bench headed by Justice SA Bobde after the Diwali vacation when the court reopens. 

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the BMC, urged the Supreme Court to pass an interim order allowing the restart of stopped coastal road project work in Mumbai. However, the bench declined the request. 

The coastal road project work had started in 2018 and Mehta informed the court that it has to meet the deadline of 2022.

Earlier, the Bombay HC had directed the BMC to stop the coastal road project work citing “lack of proper scientific study” while raising the issue of marine life at Haji Ali and Worli. 

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Since the work for coastal road started, the fishermen communities along with environmentalists have been raising an objection regarding the same. Fishermen have opposed the coastal road project saying that it will affect their livelihood. 



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