Ashwini Bhide, MD, MMRCL, said unless right of way was granted the new route could not be planned.
“We do not know whether it will be via Seepz or the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road,” she said. “We will be writing to the state urban development department to request the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority to hand over right of way. It is merely a formality as the government has already taken a decision to shift the car shed site.”
About the 41 hectares for the depot at Kanjurmarg, Bhide said she was confident the matter would be resolved in a few court hearings. “Though the 41 hectares is part of one single CTS survey number that actually spreads over 600 hectares, there are no claimants for this patch of land,” Bhide said.
The report that recommended shifting of the depot site from Aarey Colony to Kanjurmarg stipulates that the land be handed over within three months.
The high court in 1997 had restrained the state from allotting the land in Kanjurmarg to anyone following a dispute over it that dates back to 1953. In September, the state had moved a petition for the lifting of the stay as the Metro 3 is a project of urgency.