July 3, 2022

In a brand new twist to the debate concerning the development of the BMC’s formidable biking observe undertaking at Powai Lake, activist Zoru Bhathena has approached the Bombay Prime Court docket claiming that the civic frame isn’t the use of its personal land abutting the lake, which he claims in “encroached” upon by way of IIT-Bombay.

A bench of Leader Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Makarand Karnik will listen the topic on Monday.

Bhathena has filed an intervention software in a PIL filed by way of two scholars of IIT-Bombay difficult the paintings of the undertaking. The bench has already stayed the undertaking. As in step with Bhathena, the BMC is the landlord of Powai Lake.

His plea states, “To the most efficient of my wisdom, BMC’s land limitations prolong for a ways past the lake waters i.e., there’s a land buffer zone across the waters of Powai Lake, which additionally belongs to the BMC.”

It states that IIT-Bombay is situated at the banks of the lake. The bounds between IIT land and the BMC land seem by no means to were demarcated.

As in step with the plea, IIT Powai is in ownership of, and claims the entire land, proper as much as the lake waters (leaving no buffer land for BMC).”

On this type, Bhathena claims that over 50 in step with cent of the outer edge land round Powai Lake is alleged by way of IIT.

In a similar way, Renaissance Lake Chalet Resort and Raymonds are in ownership of sure spaces round Powai Lake. Those houses additionally contact the lake waters, and not using a demarcated buffer zone, the plea claims.

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In keeping with Bhathena, the BMC had in April ultimate yr, issued a young to demarcate the land, alternatively, the similar was once withdrawn. As in step with the plea, “With out verifying their very own land limitations and with out ascertaining whether or not the present highway falls on BMC or public land, the civic frame have merely deliberate the biking observe within/proper at the outer edge of the lake waters.”

Bhathena has stated that IIT have themselves built a number of structures proper at the banks of Powai Lake. On land, that seems to be throughout the safe buffer zone across the lake, his plea states.

“Demarcating the land limitations across the lake may also lend a hand to additional offer protection to the lake from such ecological destruction,” it additional states.

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Printed on: Saturday, March 12, 2022, 09:06 AM IST