The Bombay High Court today asked the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority, Reliance Metro, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and the Fire Brigade to file affidavits in reply to a petition opposing the phase one of the Metro railway which will connect suburban Versova with Ghatkopar.
The bench, headed by Chief Justice Mohit Shah, gave the direction in response to a public interest litigation filed by Monica Mathani, a city resident. The court has sought replies by October 24.
According to Mathani, the project violates several safety norms. For instance, the PIL says, while the latest rules mandate six metres open space around every building, the buildings adjoining the Metro network stand closer, which would make fire brigade vehicles difficult to move in if fire breaks out.
Also, high-tension electric wires run over the metro bridges and this poses a fire hazard, the PIL says.