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No reclamation, use tech for Powai cycle track: BMC to HC

No reclamation, use tech for Powai cycle track: BMC to HC

Mumbai: The BMC, in its reply seeking dismissal of PIL filed against the proposed cycling track at Powai lake, cited how it was using ‘gabion…

Tuesday, Apr 26

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Mumbai: The BMC, in its reply seeking dismissal of PIL filed against the proposed cycling track at Powai lake, cited how it was using ‘gabion technology’ which is “porous and doesn’t prevent the flow of water’’ during the monsoon.
The Bombay high court bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice V G Bisht on Monday concluded the hearing and reserved for judgment two PILs, challenging the proposed cycling and jogging track at Powai lake.
The interim order passed last year against work on the track would continue.
BMC, through senior counsel Aspi Chinoy appearing with advocate Joel Carlos , submitted that the latest technology being used to make the public interest project of Powai lake cycle track with no reclamation or construction work. “Gabion Technology consists of merely placing PVC-coated galvanized iron wire mesh baskets containing stones of various sizes, without any joinery, fixing or cement mortar,” said BMC’s reply to court, denying contentions of the petitioners that the technology was “dangerous either to humans or to the eco system” nor would it cause any reclamation.
Senior counsel Gayatri Singh , appearing for NGO Vanashakti and D Stalin — one of the petitioners, argued that there is a crocodile park so permission is required from National Wildlife board and the heritage clearance clearly stated no construction or reclamation of any kind should be allowed.
Rajmani Verma, counsel for an IIT Bombay PhD student Omkar Supekar in the second PIL argued there can be no reclamation or damage to […]

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