Residents protest against the Metro-2B project; Demand to make the route completely underground

The major reason for the protest against the Metro-2B project is that constructing the project over the ground will result into a chaotic situation at the already narrow roads between Bandra and Juhu.


In a protest against the Metro-2B project, the residents of Juhu, Khar, Santacruz, and Bandra protested by forming a human chain on Friday, October 5. The residents have been upset by the route of the project which will increase the transportation through roads chaotic as the pillars will make it congested. Despite repeated requests to the state government and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), the pleas of hundreds of residents have gone unheard.

Therefore, the residents had earlier demanded that the route should be completely constructed underground. But due to the passive attitude of the authorities, the residents decided to protest. Accordingly, the residents formed a 7-km long human chain from JVPD to Bandra as a part of their silent protest on Friday. The protest was backed by Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon along with lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar as they were present along with other protestors. 

The roads between Bandra and Juhu, where the Metro-2B project is being constructed, are somewhat narrow and are extremely busy with traffic. However, if the pillars of the rail project are placed on these roads, then they are expected to become extremely congested and will result in chaos. Therefore, the residents had asked MMRDA to change the route or make the project underground.

The residents had also approached Bombay High Court regarding the Metro-2B issue and the case is pending in the court. Despite this, the residents have been voicing their concerns by protesting profusely. Accordingly, the court has not uplifted the ban from the construction of the project despite repeated arguments from MMRDA and MMRC.

While the residents are fighting against the Metro corporation in the court, they have also resorted to stepping down on the roads to protest against the project. They have still demanded that the route should be constructed underground completely. Therefore, the residents organised the protest at 1:00 pm on October 5 between Bandra and JVPD by forming a human chain that saw the participation of celebrities to school students.

The next hearing for the case has been scheduled for October 10, 2018, in Bombay High Court.

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