Work on the ambitious Metro 3 project is on in full swing. However, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation appears to have missed obtaining an important permission - that of the Mumbai Pollution Control Board. According to information now available under the Right to Information Act (RTI), the MPCB has sent a show cause notice to the contractors for failing to get the requisite permissions.
According to Vanshakti project director Stalin Dayanand who had filed the RTI application, if the contractor is unable to provide a satisfactory answer to the show cause notice, the MPCB can order the project work to be halted. This can mean a hefty blow to the contractor as well as the MMRC.
The MMRC has seen numerous obstacles on its way to fruition of the Metro 3 project. Last week, the Mumbai High Court turned down MMRC's plea to cut trees in the city for the Metro project.
Stalin alleges that the MMRC has failed not only in obtaining the requisite permission from the MPCB, but also other necessary permissions. Stalin alleges that the MMRC has brainwashed Mumbaikars into thinking that the Metro 3 project would benefit the entire city, but is, in reality, riddled with problems.
MMRC officials however have refused to comment on this latest hurdle to hit the project.