Tata Power gets Notice over long ‘Pit Stop’

Tata Power dug up a sidewalk in Kurla (W) days after its trenching permission expired, and ended up damaging stormwater lines, according to BMC officials who have now sent a letter to the company, demanding repairs.

Tata Power is laying a 145 kV cable along LBS Marg in Kurla (W) and denied violating any norms and insisted it had all the necessary permissions to execute the project.

Samajwadi Party corporator Dilshad Azmi, said that the firm was initially given time till April 6 to complete its work.An extension was granted till April 22, but the company missed the deadline. “The work is still going on. It is affecting the flow of traffic and inconveniencing pedestrians. The BMC’s premonsoon projects have been held up because of Tata Power’s delay,” she said.

Dilshad’s husband, corporator Ashraf Azmi, said the civic body only imposes fines on errant companies, which view the penalty system as a way to buy more time. “Fines have no effect. The BMC should file a police complaint over trenching permit violations,” Ashraf said.