The Bombay High Court has directed the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) to submit the list of all its proposed works for the Metro 3 project, including permissions and plans.
The HC was hearing a petition on the felling of trees to make way for the project, on Wednesday. Activist Zoru Bathena, one of the petitioners in the case, told Mumbai Live that the HC stay on the felling of trees in the city for Metro 3 will be in place until 24 April.
The MMRC filed its affidavit in the HC on Wednesday. In its affidavit, the MMRC has said that it has received the requisite permissions from the Maharashtra state Environmental Impact Assessment Authority on 7 April 2017. The MMRC claims it has been working in accordance with the permissions received. The petitioners, however, pointed out that the ministry of environment and forests was the only agency authorised to clear the permissions for the Metro project and that it had denied the permissions to MMRC.
The petitioners also objected to the MMRC undertaking Metro construction work in a park at Cuffe Parade instead of the road where the sanctions have been given. The HC has now directed the MMRC to produce proof to show that the work is indeed being carried out at the legally sanctioned location, Bathena said.