Mumbai: Affected by the construction of the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 underground corridor, residents of South Mumbai have said that they plan to approach the Bombay High Court. Their contention is that the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) is allegedly risking peoples’ lives by going ahead with the construction the said underground corridor.
They claim that the detailed project report (DPR) of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for several elevated Metro projects has stated that underground stations are more prone to terrorist attacks, whereas elevated stations are not.
They claim that by going underground, MMRCL is allegedly undermining the safety of citizens.
Jamshed Sukhadwalla, a resident of Marine Lines and a structural engineer, said, “If what is mentioned in the report of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for MMRDA on Metro-2B is true, then it will also be applicable to the Metro-3 underground corridor. This means that by constructing the underground corridor, MMRCL is risking the lives of not only commuters, but also of people residing along the corridor.”
“We may have to take legal aid if the MMRCL puts our lives and property at risk,” Sukhadwalla added.
DNA had, on August 11, reported that K Vijaya Lakshmi, the chief of the transport and communication division at MMRDA, in a communication to a Vile Parle-based educational trust, had attached a DMRC report citing that the underground corridor for DN Nagar Mandale Metro-2B is not feasible. One of the reasons for this was a security threat.
However, the MMRCL has not commented on the issue yet.
MMRDA’s detailed project report on Metro projects had stated that underground Metro stations are more prone to terrorist attacks, whereas elevated stations are less prone to the same.