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Dec 01 2016 (06:24)  Metro Corporation illegally reclaiming land in Aarey, alleges NGO (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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MUMBAI: The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited has been carrying out massive reclamation by dumping debris in the Aarey colony, alleged NGO Vanashakti.
Vanashakti director D Stalin said the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that is hearing a plea to declare the entire Aarey colony as an eco-sensitive zone has ordered a status quo till the matter is finally decided. However, MMRCL executive director R Ramana said the NGT order for a status quo is applicable only to 100 metres from the boundary of the national park. "This was made clear by the NGT in its very second order," he said.
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alleged that around ten acres have been flattened so far. The work is underway on the three hectares that have been assigned to MMRCL along the Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link road (the area is on the left side while going towards Powai on the JVLR). Ramana said that what is being claimed to be reclamation is actually a site assigned for construction work for the Metro III contractors. "It is the land that has been given to MMRCL for commercial development. The land has been given to two contractors; one working from Marol Naka to Aarey and the other working inside the airport area. The land has been given tunnel and station works," he said.
The NGT order dated July 20, 2015 mentions a status-quo to be maintained and no construction/development activity or change of any kind to be allowed in the buffer zone within 100 metres from the boundary wall of the national park, without the approval of the tribunal. However, the subsequent order of the NGT dated August 19, 2015 directs that the BMC shall not issue any further NOC for construction within the entire area of the eco-sensitive area in Aarey colony and if any such illegal going on activities noticed, immediate action be taken including demolition without delay.
The order further states the BMC, the director of Aarey colony and the chief conservator of forests shall give notices to the project proponents of the construction work and keep status till further orders are passed.
The state government has been keen to locate the car depot for the Metro III route in Aarey though citizens are vehemently opposed to the idea and have been demanding that Aarey colony be maintained as a green open space.
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