A group of residents of Oshiwara and Lokhandwala have approached the Bombay High Court against the setting up of an international school in the area.
The petitioners, the Oshiwara Lokhandwala Residents’ Association (OLCA), have a filed a petition which was heard before a Division Bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Nitin Jamdar.
According to them, the construction of the school premises is being carried out on two adjoining Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) plots measuring 2,160 sq m and 3,850 sq m. They claim that these two plots were reserved for a municipal school, a common playground respectively and were open spaces.
Their petition further states that in response to their query, they received a MHADA response stating that both plots, though reserved, were leased to one Janata Education Society for 30 years in August 2008.
In July this year, the residents had taken out a protest march to voice their concerns on the issue. They claim that they have written several letters to authorities on the issue, but did not get any response.
The petitioners demand that the trust should be restrained from carrying out any further construction on the plot and restore the area to its original condition.
The court has now asked the state government and the trust to file their affidavits in response to the petition within three weeks.