HC sum­mons BMC chief for de­lay in Dop­pler site se­lec­tion

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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.

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