Supreme Court Orders to Stop the construction of Chhatrapati Shivaji Memorial immediately

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Post the orders by Supreme Court to stop the construction of Shivaji Memorial in the Arabian Sea of Mumbai, the Maharashtra Public Works Department has ordered the contractor to stop the construction work immediately. On Friday, the Supreme Court asked the Maharashtra Government to halt the work and construction until anything further is decided about the case.

The order of the court came in a filed petitioned from the NGO Conservation Action Trust, Debi Goenka. Firstly, Debi approached the High Court in Bombay to appeal for the case but it was turned down. Then a petition was filed in the Supreme Court.

Goenka also faced a argument that the Maharashtra Government did not hold any public consultation before the project and further took his petition and argued that the massive construction project that will be having a height of 212 meters was given a clear yes to start the project without giving a notice towards the adverse impact of the marine life and ecology of the concerned area.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Memorial project which was going to be built at a cost of Rs 3000 crores being built at the Arabian Sea of around 1.5 km from Mumbai shoreline opposite the Marine Drive. Presently it is facing many hurdles after the SC issued a notice. The government of Maharashtra also said that they will review the petition in the coming days.

 

The Chairman of the memorial’s steering committee blamed the Public Works Department for the Supreme Court’s order. But Maharashtra Minister Chandrakant Patil rejected all the allegations that were made. Chandrakant said,” There was no failure on our part on arguing our case before the SC. Once petitions rejected by the HC, the petitioner has the right to approach the SC. The apex court, while listing the matter the for next hearing, had ordered a stay on the construction work while stating that it will have to examine the matter.”

Published by Isha Kataria on 18 Jan 2019

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