Mumbai: A Cuffe Parade resident has moved the Bombay High Court against the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) in connection with the construction of the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 underground corridor. He has alleged that barricades installed by the MMRC for construction have occupied maximum space on the access road leading to his society and the nearby societies making it difficult for the fire brigade to enter during an emergency.
Residents from Colaba Woods Sports Complex Marg in Cuffe Parade have said that the MMRC is putting lives of residents in danger due to the Metro work barricades. The writ petition by Robin Jaisinghani prayed that directions be given to the MMRC to restore the road width of the Colaba Woods to at least 12 metres —minimum road width prescribed in Regulation 22 of the Development Control Regulations. According to the petitioner, the MMRC has barricaded the entire road. Now, vehicles heading further north towards Taj Vivanta President Hotel use the footpath.
The petitioner has further said that when he approached the fire brigade, he was told that they can do very little because it is chief minister’s pet project.
“The petitioner contacted Divisional Fire Officer Bangar and brought to his notice that the contractors were proposing to block the entire Complex Marg to carry out construction work and to take preventive action,” the petition reads. Meanwhile, the MMRC said, “Vehicular access necessary for the movement of fire vehicles is made available along the service road in front of Venus, Jupiter and Dalamal buildings and Hotel Taj Vivanta” said MMRC spokesperson.