R A Rajeev, MMRDA Commissioner, tells The Indian Express why Mumbai’s motorists don’t blame the MMRDA that has barricaded several roads for under-construction projects, even when their traffic woes have, perhaps, never been more acute.
Most of the those evicted belong to the Pardhi denotified tribe. Residents claim they have been staying at the said spot for over 20 years and many of them have ration cards listing their residential address as Amar Mahal flyover.
From these three lands, the MMRDA was aiming to generate a revenue of Rs 3,000 crore, which was supposed to be used in big infrastructure projects, like Metro corridors. The MMRDA has reserved a rate of Rs 3.44 lakh per sq m on built-up area.