Future generations would think we were fools: Bombay HC on elevated metro construction

The High Court said that no agency was applying its mind on the long-term effects slabs used for constructing metro will have on the public transit

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Bombay High Court on Tuesday raised objections regarding the construction of elevated metro lines across Mumbai while questioning the Maharashtra government and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). 

Across the world, we have never seen an elevated metro running throughout a city. It is usually underground and overground,” said Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog.

The High Court said that no agency was applying its mind on the long-term effects slabs used for constructing the Metro will have on the public transit. The court asserted that these slabs will crumple in after thirty to forty years and repairing them would take years.

Due to the viberation and movement, the metro slabs will give way after thirty-fourty years. However, the pillars may not. Unlike fly overs that can be closed for a while during repairs, what will you do regarding a whole metro line?” asked the bench consisiting of the Chief Justice and Justice Bharti Dangre.

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The Chief Justice further said that replacing the slabs in the future will be expensive and the future generation would think that “we were fools”. The court ordered Maharashtra Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni to ask concerned authorities to give some thought about the same.

The Bombay HC was hearing a petition filed by MMRDA seeking permission to cut mangroves along the proposed metro lines between Dahisar and Mankhurd areas.

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