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During hearing a petition filed by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), the Bombay High Court on Tuesday said that no agency seems to be applying its mind to the long-term effect of having elevated Metro lines in the city like Mumbai.
Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog asked MMRDA,
Nowhere in the world have I seen a Metro line elevated. It is underground and overground. Why is someone not thinking?
Chief Justice along with justice Bharati Dangre was hearing a petition by filed by MMRDA to grant the permit to cut mangroves for construction of metro train maintenance shed at Malwani, Malad (West), for the elevated Mumbai Metro Line 2A that will connect Dahisar to DN Nagar.
After hearing the matter, the double bench had adjourned the matter to allow MMRDA to submit more documents to the amicus curiae to inspect and assist it during the hearing. After that, the chief justice expressed his views on elevated Metro lines planned to be constructed in Mumbai.
Thirty-forty years later, due to vibration and movement, the slabs will give way. The pillars may not. Unlike a flyover that can be shut for repairs for some time, what will you do about an entire Metro line?
Chief justice further said, “slabs will have to be replaced and it would be expensive also. It could take years…I won’t be there to see that. That day will come. That generation will think we were fools. Think about it. It is a serious issue.”
He also observed that they were “unsure if it will be possible to replace the slab without impacting the traffic.
Experts say, “the cost of underground makes it unviable, on the ground, there is no space, so elevated is the only option, 30-40 years later nobody knows what will happen but technology will be available to replace slabs in a day we hope.”
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