Mumbai Coastal Road: Bombay HC orders government to stop work; BMC defends

BMC informed the court that each day, they bear a loss of ₹10 crore if the stay on coastal road work remains

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Bombay High Court has directed the Maharashtra government along with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to not carry out any work related to the coastal road project which stretches up to 34 kilometres from Marine Drive to Kandivali. 

The HC also ordered a status quo on the reclamation work for the Mumbai coastal road project. A bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Nitin Jamdar were listening to several Public Interest Litigations (PILs) which challenged the government’s decision to provide authorise the project. 

Defending the project, the councillor appearing for the BMC informed the court that the city was dying due to the increasing traffic. Denying any damage being caused, the BMC urged the court to not put a stay on the coastal road work as it costs ₹10 crore each day. 

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However, the court maintains its order asserting that the damage was being caused every day. The reclamation and dumping of debris have caused damage to the marine life and fishermen community living along the coast. The court will hear further on this matter on April 23.

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