Central Railways says Blame TMC if Landslide occurs: Parsik tunnel shanties. The Central Railway (CR) and Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has written an affidavit to the Bombay High Court recently. In the affidavit they have written that more than 200 shanties on top of the Parsik tunnel on the railway tracks in Mumbai Uday Nagar area have become a battleground. Further CR has said that it fears another landslide there during monsoon – a landslide had occurred at the spot in June last year and TMC would be blamed for it as it had failed to clear these shanties. In its affidavit submitted in the last week of the april , the Tmc said it has no jurisdiction over the area and the land. Its belong to the forest department and the railway. The parsik hill in thane is used by the local train on the fast track between cst. The cr said it had asked the thane civic official to work out a permanent solution to the parsik tunnel problem, but nothing was done to the effect.The tunnel, which cuts through the Parsik Hill in Thane, is used by the local trains on the fast track between CST and the far suburbs on the CR’s Main line. In its affidavit submitted in the last week of April, in response to a petition filed by the Uday Nagar slum dwellers challenging demolition notices served to them by the TMC, the CR said it had asked the Thane civic officials to work out a permanent solution to the Parsik tunnel problem, but nothing was done that effect.The shanties on and around the Parsik tunnel are a disaster waiting to happen. Around 100 shanties are located right on top of the tunnel, with the rest around it, all in existence for almost 60 years now. The CR has been pointing out for many years that the shanties have damaged water drainage lines built by the railways, which is a factor in causing landslides.While the slum dwellers have said the authorities haven’t offered them alternative rehabilitation, the TMC is citing jurisdiction. Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal told Mirror on Sunday, “I am not aware about the contents of the CR’s affidavit but the land on which these slums have come up belongs to the Forest Department and the Railways. We have no jurisdiction there.In fact, when we served notices to the slums on Parsik tunnel last year, the residents challenged it in court and got stay questioning our jurisdiction.”Jaiswal was referred to the landslide in June last year, when a part of the protective wall built on the tunnel caved in. This led to the TMC demolishing the wall, which the CR has now called a “blunder” in the affidavit. “The TMC committed a blunder. Instead of repairing the wall, the TMC demolished it. Landslides on the Parsik tunnel occur only due to the negligence on part of the TMC,” the CR’s affidavit said.“The TMC has neither traced out a permanent solution, nor has it constructed a strong safety wall. There are fears landslides could again occur during the monsoon, and this was totally overlooked by the TMC,” the affidavit stated.
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