After A Year, Bombay HC Lifts Ban On Metro Construction At Night, Putting An End To Inordinate DelaysConstruction of a tunnel on the Mumbai Metro (Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The Bombay High Court today (24 August) lifted its year long ban on construction and tunneling for the third line of the Mumbai Metro, giving reprieve to the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC), reports the Times of India. The bench said that the MMRC and the contractor Larsen and Toubro (L&T) would abide by the recommendations of the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI).

NEERI will monitor the noise during construction to ensure that it does not exceed 55 decibel during the day time and 45 decibel during the night time. The HC had imposed the ban on all construction activities between 10pm and 6am on 11 August last year after a local resident Robin Jaisinghani filed a petition.

While hearing the petition, the HC said that it is in the larger public interest but directed the MMRC to set up a grievance redressal mechanism.

In the petition, Jaisinghani said that the lowering of precast elements for tunnel lining and movement of trucks at night caused noise pollution and said that they could be done during the day time. The MMRC however said that doing so would increase traffic congestion on already congested roads.

The MMRC had earlier said that the restrictions on tunelling at night pushed back the project by a whopping nine months while at the same time resulting in a projected Rs 6,33 crore loss to the economy.

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