HC summons BMC chief for delay in Doppler site selection
Civic commissioner Ajoy Mehta was on Wednesday summoned by the Bombay HC for failing to comply with an earlier court order to finalise the site for a second Doppler radar in the city. “Probably the commissioner [Mehta] is not aware about the seriousness of the issue,” said the division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and justice MS Sonak. “Let him come here, we will impress upon him the seriousness of the issue,” they said, adding, “If has any difficulties, we will also remove those difficulties.”
The judges wondered as to how the civic chief could have neglected the issue in a city like Mumbai, which has suffered its worst deluge in 2005, resulting in the loss of many lives and property worth crores of rupees. Acting on a PIL filed by city resident Atal BihariDubel,thecourthadonJuly 19, 2016, directed the civic chief to finalise one of the three alternate sites suggested by the India Meteorological Department for a second Doppler radar.
Earlier, the court was told a site at Veravali water supply reservoir near JVPD had been finalised as the site, but on Wednesday, BMC’s counsel, senior advocate SU Kamdar, said the hydrology department had some reservations with the decision and the matter was pending with Mehta.