The Doongerwadi dilemma
While the final verdict on Wadiaji and Anjuman Atash Behram Vs MMRCL is still awaited, messages have been floating on Whatsapp, raising concerns about another tunnel, this time part of the Coastal Road project. Drawing a parallel with the ongoing case, the message states that the Coastal Road tunnel is set to go under Doongerwadi or the Tower of Silence
(in pic). The message appeals to the Bombay Parsi Punchayet trustees to raise an objection before construction work begins. While civic chief Ajoy Mehta was unavailable for comment, a senior civic official told this diarist that while the tunnel will go beneath a portion of Hanging Gardens at Malabar Hill, it is nowhere near the Tower of Silence, the resting place of the Parsis. BPP Chairman Yezdi Desai said that he believes that the tunnel won’t be constructed under the Doongerwadi while co-trustee Kersi Randeria said he wasn’t aware of the news circulating on Whatsapp groups.