Expressing displeasure over the state government’s proposal of doing away with civic body’s permission for Metro projects, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) would not pass the proposal.
Thackeray on Wednesday said a proposal has come to the civic body stating that Metro projects, on the lines of railway and airport authorities, do not require permissions from the civic body. The Urban Development department of the state government has sent a proposal to the civic body stating the special status accorded to the Metro project.
“The civic body provides water, electricity and other basic infrastructure and there is underground network of all these utilities. Without civic body’s permission, the Metro work can’t happen. If the Metro doesn’t require the civic body’s permission, then it should make the arrangement of water, electricity and other facilities for the project,” he said.
Emphasising that the government and the civic body should work together for the development of the city, he said, “We will not allow the proposal that will reduce the civic body’s role.”
Uddhav said, “There are some misconceptions about the proposed Metro depot in Aarey. I will visit the site and if it is found to be causing damage to environment, then the Sena will continue to oppose it,” Thackeray said, adding that the issue of the rehabilitation of the tabela owners in the Aarey Colony would be resolved soon.
Aarey: Complaint lodged against work
Aarey Conservation Group members, along with Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam and Aam Aadmi Party member Preeti Sharma Menon, filed a complaint at the Aarey police station Wednesday against construction of Metro 3 car depot in the area. They were joined by 50-odd local residents and others who claim the work conducted by the MMRC is illegal as they do not have the required permissions for it.