The Bombay High Court on Monday requested the Maharashtra authorities to contemplate withdrawing an order handed by the Mumbai Suburban District Collector allotting 102 acres of saltpan land at Kanjurmarg for building of a Metro automobile shed.
The Centre and the Shiv Sena-led MVA authorities in Maharashtra are locked in a tussle over the possession of the land earmarked by the state for setting up the automobile depot which was earlier deliberate at Aarey Colony, a inexperienced belt in suburban Goregaon.
The Union authorities has filed a petition within the excessive courtroom difficult the October 1, 2020, order handed by the Collector allotting the land for building of the automobile shed, and mentioned the land belongs to its (the Centre) salt division.
The Maharashtra authorities, nevertheless, opposed the plea and mentioned the land, allotted to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for the Metro automobile shed, is owned by the state.
On Monday, a division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni was of prime facie opinion that the Collector ought to give a contemporary listening to to all events involved and settle points associated to land title possession.
“We cannot allow this order (Collectors order) to remain in force. Prima facie, we are of the view that the matter should go back to the Collector. Consider withdrawing it (the order).
“It is healthier you (the federal government) settle all these points earlier than you proceed additional,” the courtroom mentioned.
Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni mentioned he would take directions from the state authorities over the suggestion following which the courtroom posted the matter for additional listening to on December 16.
The Union authorities, in its plea, has claimed that total salt pan lands within the space, together with the 102 acres allotted to MMRDA, belongs to its salt division.
The former BJP-led authorities had determined to assemble the automobile shed, a part of Mumbai Metro line 3, at Aarey Colony regardless of opposition from environmentalists and activists who campaigned towards reducing of numerous timber for the undertaking.