Bombay HC allows MMRDA cutting 86 mangroves for Metro Line 2B

The High Court bench considered the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority’s November 2018 clearance for the construction in the mangroves forest and the Union environment ministry’s approval for it in January.

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Metro Rail News (Metro Rail News): The Bombay high court has allowed the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to cut 86 mangroves in Parigachi Khadi for the construction of six piers of the Mumbai Metro Line 2B, which connects DN Nagar in Andheri to Mandale. MMRDA has pledged to plant 4,400 mangroves and deposited the amount required for compensatory afforestation.

We are convinced that the Metro Line 2-B project is carried out in public interest,” said a bench of justice S J Kathawalla and justice Madhav Jamdar last week while giving the go-ahead.

The bench took into consideration the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority’s November 2018 clearance for the construction in the mangroves forest and the Union environment ministry’s approval for it in January.

MMRDA moved the court after the latter in September 2018 held that mangroves cannot be permitted to be destructed unless the work is necessary for the public good or is in the public interest. It said about 111 square meters of forest land were permanently required for the construction of the six piers. About 1,860 square meters area around the piers was needed temporarily to enable their construction.

We are convinced that Metro Line 2B project is carried out in public interest,” said a bench of justice S J Kathawalla and justice Madhav Jamdar last week while giving the go-ahead.

The bench took into consideration the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority’s November 2018 clearance for the construction in the mangroves forest and the Union environment ministry’s approval for it in January.

MMRDA moved the court after the latter in September 2018 held that mangroves cannot be permitted to be destructed unless the work is necessary for the public good or is in the public interest. It said about 111 square meters of forest land were permanently required for the construction of the six piers. About 1,860 square meters area around the piers was needed temporarily to enable their construction.

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