MEGA said this in response to a petition filed by the project-affected residents of housing societies in Vejalpur area.

22 residents of Vejalpur area of the city, who might have to lose their residential properties to the metro rail project, had moved the high court, alleging that acquisition of their properties, including houses and shops, by MEGA was not in accordance with Land Acquisition Act of 2013.

"Objections raised by the residents of the affected societies was premature as the final report on social impact assessment (SIA) was yet to be submitted," General Manager (Planning) of MEGA Company Ltd, Anil Gupta, said in an affidavit.

"The route for the North-South corridor was deliberated upon and Western Railway was involved in finding out the feasibility, so that there is minimum acquisition of private property," Gupta added.

However, the railway officials ultimately did not agree with the second option in their inspection note dated September 10, 2014, he told the the HC bench of Justices Harsha Devani and GB Shah.

The petitioners, residents of two societies located near Jivraj overbridge in Vejalpur area, from where the north-south elevated corridor starts, have claimed that they would lose their houses and shops due to the project.

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