Judgement of the High Court of Bombay regarding construction of a coastal road, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 16/07/2019

  • 16/07/2019

Judgement of the High Court of Bombay in the matter of Worli Koliwada Nakhwa & Others Vs Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai & Others dated 16/07/2019 regarding construction of a coastal road on the western coast of Mumbai from Princess Street Flyover to the Worli end of the Borivali– Worli Sea-link. Four interchanges are connecting the existing road to the proposed Coastal Road.

The Bombay High Court in its 219 page judgement said that Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) cannot proceed with the works without obtaining an environmental clearance under EIA Notification. Further, permission under Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 would also be obtained by Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA). Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice N. M. Jamdar said that "we are dealing an environmental issue and precautionary principle guides that all precautions envisaged by the Regulations to appraise proposals for projects or activities likely to impact environment have to be strictly followed."

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