A Cuffe Parade resident has approached the Bombay High Court stating that Metro construction is causing stress and anxiety to him and his family, including his two young daughters, due to excessive noise generated from the site.
Robin Jaisinghani (50), filed petition who stays in Hassa Mahal, Dalamal Park, Colaba, pointed out that the work causes noise pollution and it had adversely affected their health.
He is now seeking that his two daughters, aged four and eight years, be paid Rs 10,000 each per day from February 1 “for the suffering and hardship caused to them”.
In October 2016, the petition claims, contractors of the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation “entered into the parks and gardens” around Cuffe Parade to start preparatory work for the construction of the underground station in the area.
The work started on January 2017.
“During the third week of January, an executive director of the MMRDA informed the residents that the construction would cause noise levels exceeding 90 decibels at all times. I then wrote a letter to MMRDA not to commence construction in violation of Noise Pollution Rules,” said the petition.
According to the petition, the work is being carried out at night as well and the construction equipment emit noise in excess of 70 to 80 decibels violating the noise pollution norms.
The noise pollution control rules prescribe maximum ambient sound levels of 55 decibels in the day and 45 decibels in the night in residential areas, according to Jaisinghani.
Jaisinghani and The Dalamal Park Cooperative Society addressed several letters to authorities asking them to ensure that noise levels are kept within the permissible limits and no construction activities are carried out at night.
“An alleged clearance granted by the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority prohibits MMRCL from creating noise in excess of permissible limits and from carrying out construction during the night,” the petition states.
The petition has sought directions from the court to the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) to adhere to noise pollution rules besides directions to them not to carry out any work during night time.
It further sought that the construction activity be stopped if the noise caused exceeds the maximum levels prescribed.