BANGALORE: The State Government on Monday submitted to the Karnataka High Court that it would be filing on Tuesday its objections to a public interest litigation (PIL) petition challenging the legality and validity of the Bangalore Metro project.
Advocate-General Uday Holla made this submission when a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice P.D. Dinakaran and Justice V. Gopala Gowda was hearing a PIL by traders and residents of C.M.H. Road challenging the Metro project.
Earlier, former Advocate-General and senior counsel R.N. Narasimha Murthy, appearing for the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL), defended the project and said there was nothing illegal in taking up Metro under the Mysore Tramways Act of 1906.
Senior counsel Pramila Nesargi, who appeared for the petitioners, said the construction work was going on in a shoddy and slipshod manner.
She alleged that on Monday morning, one of the pillars being constructed on C.M. H. Road had fallen onto a building.
This had happened because the Metro authorities had not carried out soil testing to determine the weight that the land could withstand.
She assailed the Central and State Governments for permitting the Metro to be taken up under the Tramways Act.
The Bench asked the Advocate-General to file the statement of the State by Tuesday and adjourned further hearing on the case to Wednesday.
A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice P.D. Dinakaran and Justice V. Gopala Gowda remitted several writ petitions on Bangalore Metro to a single judge. The cases related to construction or shifting of railway stations for the Bangalore Metro.
Senior counsel Nanjunda Reddy, who appeared for one of the petitioners, said BMRCL had arbitrarily changed the location of the Metro station at R.V. Road, South End, Basavanagudi.
He said his client’s case as well as other cases, which are not challenging the legality or validity of the Metro project, could be de-linked from the PIL and posted before a single judge.
The Bench de-linked several such petitions and ordered the Registry to post them before a single judge.