Public Hearing for Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro Corridor held.Posted on : 13 Apr, 2012
Mumbai: A public hearing to assess the environmental and social impact of the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro Corridor was held today after inviting the concerned to raise their suggestions and objections. The hearing was mostly dominated by those who are likely-to-be-affected by the project and all of them stood assured by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) of a proper resettlement and rehabilitation. “All likely project affected families will be rehabilitated only after proper survey is conducted, appropriate communication is established, in the best possible manner and following the resettlement policy laid down by the government”, said Mr.SVR Srinivas, Managing Director, MMRC. The likely-to-be-affected people were mostly from Chimatpada, Marol and Sahar Village.
The Public Hearing afforded an opportunity to all concerned to present their suggestions as also the objections which ranged from combining Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd metro corridor with the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ metro corridor to dropping of the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ metro corridor altogether and promoting Bus Rapid Transit System which, in turn, will save a lot of expenditure and unfathomable inconvenience. It was also suggested that local representatives and leaders, along with the affected people, should be taken into confidence while such mega infra projects are implemented. The representatives present for the hearing emphasized on provision of the necessary facilities such as school, hospital, train-bus connectivity etc. near the rehab colonies.
It was made clear by the authorities that the innumerable underground utilities will not be affected by the fully underground Colaba-Bandra-SEEPS metro corridor as the same will travel more than 20 meters below the surface.
Mr. Srinivas also made it clear that although the metro is a fail-safe system, an extensive disaster management plan is being chalked out and will be applicable for underground as well as the elevated metro corridors. Pointing out the possibility of more than five million cubic meters of muck will be generated by the underground corridor, he also guaranteed proper disposal of the same at approved sites and in scientific manner
SOURCE: Accommodation Times Bureau.