Had Sena not helped BJP, Goa would have had our man as CM: Uddhav Thackeray

Sena did a mistake by not concentrating on Goa's political scene and letting the BJP-MGP rule it, Shiv Sena leader said.

By: PTI | Panaji | Published:October 22, 2016 5:38 pm
Express News Service Mumbai, October 19 THE MAHARASHTRA government on Wednesday approved two major Metro projects —Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro 5 and Swami Samarth (Lokhandwala)-Jogeshwari-Vikhroli-Kanjurmarg Metro 6 corridors, worth Rs 15,088 crore. Chief Minister Fadnavis said, “Maximum Mumbai is now completely on Metro network with all the projects which were planned given the consent and ready to roll. The total worth of all the eight corridors in process in various stages, which will cover 172 kms across Mumbai, works out to Rs two lakh crore.” There are just two missing links. A feasibility study is underway and they would be soon incorporated in the Metro circuit, according to Fadnavis. Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro 5 which will be a 24-km stretch will have 17 stations. These include Kalyan station, APMC, Sahajanand Chowk, Durgadi Fort, Kon Goan, Gove Gaon, MIDC, Rajnouli Village, Temghar, Gopal Nagar, Bhiwandi, Dhamankar Naka, Anjur Phata, Purna, Kalher, Kasheli, Balkumbh Naka and Kapurbawdi. The 14.5 km Swami Samarth (Lokhandwala)-JVLR-Kanjurmarg Metro will have 13 stations, Lokhanwala Complex, Adarsh Nagar, Momin Nagar, JVLR, Shyam Nagar, Maha Kali caves, SEEPZ village, Saki Vihar Road, Ram Baug, Powai Lake, IIT Powai, Kanjurmarg (W), Vikhroli-Eastern Express Highway. While launching a special Metro logo designed by students of JJ School of Arts, the chief minister said, “Mumbai is now a ‘metro’ in the real sense of the term. Mumbaikars will find travel both comfortable and time saving.” The Metro network is expected to help ease congestion in local trains which are often overcrowded, specially during peak hours. While reiterating that fast tracking of these projects will not be compromised, he said, “In the past it took eight years to go ahead with ten km of metro. Whereas, in two years we have set the process rolling for the entire 172 km.” Two other projects sanctioned at the meeting are, 500 wi-fi spots in Mumbai and widening of rail over bridge at Kopri. The government will set up 1200 wi-fi hot spots across Mumbai. In the first project, the government has approved Rs 194 crore for 500 wi-fi hot spots, which will be identified by the Maharashtra Information and Technology Corporation. The Rs 259 crore project to widen the Rail Over Bridge at Kopri, Thane (East) is to decongest and streamline traffic. The existing two plus two lane bridge will give way to a new four plus four lane bridge with service roads. According to MMRDA commissioner UPS Madan, “The projects are moving as per plan. We will have to acquire 15 hectares of land for each of the three depots. The issues related to utilities and other aspects will have to be worked out.” mumbai.newsline@expressindia.com Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray (File/Express Photo by Prashant Nadkar)

Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said the party did a mistake by letting and helping the BJP grow in Goa, else it would have had its leader as chief minister in the state long back. “When BJP did not have a single flag here in Goa, (Sena founder) Balasaheb Thackarey helped them to grow here. We thought BJP and MGP are parties with ideology, and hence, Sena would not interfere in Goa,” Thackarey told a workers’ convention at Porvorim near Panaji.

“Shiv Sena always thought that it will be restricting itself to Maharashtra, letting BJP spread its wings across the country, even in Delhi. We thought not to interfere in other states,” he said.

Sena did a mistake by not concentrating on Goa’s political scene and letting the BJP-MGP rule it, he said.

“If Shiv Sena had to prepare for Goa polls then without letting BJP and MGP to grow, by now we would have had our chief minister in the state,” he said.

Meanwhile, launching a scathing attack on BJP, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut today termed Laxmikant Parsekar-led ruling government in Goa as “worst than the Portuguese government”.

“The current BJP-led government in Goa is worst than Portuguese government. We (Sena) are here to throw this government out in the 2017 state Legislative Assembly election,” Raut said.

“We want to promise to the people of Goa that after 2017 election, there will be a Sena government in the state,” he said.

Shiv Sena has announced that they will be contesting the upcoming Goa polls, mostly on 20 seats in alliance with the party led by rebel RSS leader Subhash Velingkar.

“We are not here as tourists who will come and go back. We are here to give good governance to the people,” he said.

“(Maratha Warror King) Shivaji Maharaj had arrived in Goa then to conquer the territory from the Portuguese rule. He was ruling in few of the tehsils. Similarly, we are here to rule the state and provide good governance,” the Sena leader said.