Stop be­ing so sen­si­tive, pave way for Metro III: Court tells ci­ti­zens

Bom­bay HC bats for project, says it’s es­sen­tial for de­con­ges­tion of roads

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI - NARSI BENWAL

The Bom­bay High Court on Thurs­day was seen bat­ting for the Metro III project. It said that peo­ple can­not stall the en­tire project and should com­pro­mise and sac­ri­fice to put up with the problems caused due to Metro-III work. The HC also main­tained say­ing ci­ti­zens should stop be­ing ‘ex­tremely’ sen­si­tive and must pave way for de­vel­op­ment work.

The oral ob­ser­va­tions were made by the bench of Chief Jus­tice Man­jula Chel­lur and Jus­tice Nitin Jam­dar dur­ing a hear­ing on a pe­ti­tion filed by ac­tivist Zoru Ba­thena chal­lenged the ac­qui­si­tion of land at Aarey Colony and Kan­jur­marg, for the Metro III construction.

The minute Ba­thena’s coun­sel Zal And­haru­jina men­tioned the pe­ti­tion, CJ Chel­lur said, “You should al­low the de­vel­op­ment work. If Metro comes in, I can say that it would de­con­gest the crowds on the ex­ist­ing trans­port modes.”

“There has been too much of op­po­si­tion to this ser­vice which is meant for the pub­lic at large. There are peo­ple who do not want noise or any other dis­tur­bance. But it is high time they re­alise that this is a ser­vice for the pub­lic at large. The problems of a group of peo­ple can­not be con­sid­ered much over the ser­vice for the pub­lic at large,” CJ Chel­lur added.

The bench ad­vo­cated for the need of main­tain­ing a bal­ance between both de­vel­op­ment and also the problems faced by ci­ti­zens.

“Ex­treme sen­si­tiv­ity is not cor­rect. You (ac­tivists) should com­pro­mise with the on­go­ing work and re­alise that in such a de­vel­op­ment work, some sac­ri­fice is nec­es­sary,” CJ Chel­lur said adding, “At the same time I be­lieve ex­treme ar­bi­trari­ness (on part of au­thor­i­ties) can also not be ap­pre­ci­ated. I think the prob­lem will never end if we con­tinue to think in an ex­treme man­ner. There needs to be a bal­ance. We only want the work to be com­pleted at the ear­li­est with least in­con­ve­nience to the gen­eral pub­lic.”

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