In an attempt to recast himself as a man of development, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray Friday said he was planning to make a presentation on the development of eastern waterfront of Mumbai to Union Minister for Surface Transport Nitin Gadkari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in coming days.
Thackeray plans to develop the unutilised land of the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) for public good.
The Sena chief, who gave a presentation on the project to reporters Friday, claimed large parts of the 15-km stretch from Sasoon Dock to Wadala had gone into disuse and was being encroached by squatters.
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“There is an area of 911 acres under MbPT which is presently not being used optimally. Squatters come and sit on the vacant land. Why can’t we use this land for the larger good of the city? We will hold discussions with all the stakeholders and also make a presentation,” Thackeray said.
On how he planned to use the land, he claimed it could be used for a number of purposes including housing to creating recreational facilities for city residents.
“The first fight is to get this land. If we get it, Mumbai will get nearly 28 kms of continuous waterfront. The land we are seeking is equivalent to 21 Priyadarshini Parks,” Thackeray said.
He also claimed his party was keen to undertake the coastal road project and would ensure that all regulatory clearances for the project were received at the earliest.
The Sena has already claimed that the BMC has enough money to build the project on its own without any outside help.
“We are getting Rs 3,000 crore annually through fungible FSI, which will be exclusively used for this project. We also have fixed deposits of over Rs 30,000 crore and cumulative property worth Rs three lakh crore. We can build the project on our own,” newly elected Shiv Sena MP Rahul Shewale said.
With Assembly elections around the corner, the Sena is keen to take up development projects. Thackeray claimed he was only focussing on projects that can be implemented.
“Rather than making promises that cannot be met, it is important to undertake projects which you are confident you can deliver,” he said.