Under criticism for delay in the metro rail project due to a decision to change the route, city BJP MP Anil Shirole alleged that the NCP and Congress are responsible for the failure to get the project approved on time.
“The UPA government had given an in principle approval to the Pune metro rail. There were some queries, but the then state government of the Congress and NCP failed to respond to them in four years. Thus, the BJP-led state government had to take time to get things on track,” Shirole said in a press conference.
The Opposition has no moral right to criticise the BJP government for the delay in implementing the Pune metro rail, Shirole said, adding that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari are taking interest in getting the project approved.
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Former deputy chief minister and senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar had criticised Shirole for the delay in implementing the metro rail in Pune. “The unnecessary issues raised by the BJP MP had resulted in the delay,” Pawar had said at a function recently.
On the realignment of metro rail along the Mutha river being challenged in the National Green Tribunal, Shirole said that all queries have been addressed and the proposal is in the final stages of approval.