Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray on Saturday asked Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to keep a portion of the land in suburban Bandra for playgrounds which the state government reportedly plans to sell to fund the Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway.
“I read a newspaper report about plans to sell MSRDC (Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation) land in Bandra Reclamation to fund this mega project,” Aaditya said.
“Other projects have always been funded by selling off land in Mumbai. The government should set aside some of this land for playgrounds for Mumbaikars,” Aaditya, son of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, said in a letter to the CM.
The letter comes against the backdrop of reports that the state government has decided to sell a 30-acre plot of land in Bandra to raise funds for the proposed Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway, the CM’s Rs 45,000-crore pet project. Given its prime location, the plot adjacent to Bandra- Worli Sea Link, is likely to fetch upwards of Rs 2,000 crore, the report mentioned.
The Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway project is being executed by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation, and the state government is in touch with both national and multilateral lenders like the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank for financing it.