MMRC can’t use groundwater at Metro Car Shed site at Aarey

The much-disputed site is again in news over water usage issues.

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Aarey Car shed

MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): In a recent move relating to the much disputed and politicised metro site, Aarey is again in news. This time, the Central groundwater authority has rejected Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited’s (MMRCL) application for use of groundwater at Aarey Metro car shed site.

As per the media reports, MMRCL official Charuhas Jadhav last week stated this at the second appellate hearing by State Information Commissioner Sumit Mullick.
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NGO Vanashakti had sought information on MMRCL’s need for 50,000 litres a day at the car shed site and went to complaint when it was not provided with the data.

The corporation had previously got the nod from the authorities but after the new government came into power in Maharashtra, it reversed the orders due to ongoing movements by different environment activists and NGOs with placing a ban on the site.

The NGOs entry is the latest development in the matter which has again turned into a legal battle between different stakeholders. It is unclear whether the MMRCL is going to take a further legal route or not. The matter of cutting of the huge number of trees at the site last year for the car shed project amid protests from different pressure groups deteriorated the condition.

The metro authorities could have worked in a different way to harm the environment, an official said in a conversation.


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