Pune: A four-member National Green Tribunal (NGT) bench, led by Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and judicial members Justice Jawad Rahim, Justice SP Wangdi and NGT expert member Nagin Nanda, gave the green signal to the ongoing work of Mahametro on Mutha river bed, provided they execute the project following directions from the expert committee selected earlier for the project.
Speaking about the development, Advocate SK Mishra, who represented Mahametro in NGT court, said that petitioner Sarang Yadwadkar had raised objections to the ongoing work of metro at Mutha river bed. “While arguing the case, we informed the bench that the construction work is at an elevated level and after listening to our arguments, the bench allowed the construction of the work following directives of the expert committee. About 15 directives are being given by the expert committee, as per which Mahametro has to take care of bio diversity and pollution during construction of the project,” added SK Mishra. Advocate Prahlad Paranjape and Kaustubh Deogade assited Mishra.
Mahametro Managing Director Brijesh Dixit said that Maha Metro will ensure that there is no adverse impact of the ongoing construction on the river bed. “We will also take all the mitigation measures recorded by the expert committee,” added Dixit. The NGT bench, while disposing of the matter, has observed that the observations and recommendations of the expert committee approved by NGT in its report be complied with by Mahametro and the work would be inspected by the expert committee along with Divisional Commissioner, Pune.
Meanwhile, Chief Project Manager (Underground division) of Mahametro Pramod Ahuja, on Friday, said the work of building underground metro from Shivajinagar to Swargate will be completed in two phases. First phase would include construction from Shivajinagar station to Budhwarpeth and second phase will include construction from Budhwarpeth to Swargate.