While the Shiv Sena continues to oppose the Metro 3 project citing inadequate plans to rehabilitate affected families in Girgaum, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) has completed the allotment of resettlement tenements to 327 similarly hit families of Naya Nagar, Mahim. MMRC officials said the allotment process was completed by a computerised lottery system to ensure transparency. Out of the 327 affected units, 298 are residential, 18 commercial and 11 residential-cum-commercial. The MMRC has started handing over letters to the 327 families from Wednesday.
While the 298 residential and 11 residential-cum-commercial units will be shifted to Kurla Premier area in Kurla-West, the 18 commercial units will be shifted to Gautam Nagar in Govandi from next week.
Officials said the Naya Nagar land will be used for the launching shaft of the tunnel boring machine of the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ corridor. “In all, 2,807 units will be affected as the construction of the Metro-3 corridor progresses. However, keeping all social, societal and moral responsibilities alive; we will make sure that all the affected families and units are resettled before the actual construction begins,” said Maya Patole, Deputy Collector, Resettlement and Rehabilitation, MMRC.
The officials said that out of the 2,807 units, 1,866 are residential, 795 commercial, 39 residential-cum-commercial and 107 classified as ‘others’. The MMRC is also keen to conduct community development programmes for the project affected families, said Ashwini Bhide, managing director of MMRC.
This move is also being seen as Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s attempt to corner the Shiv Sena and go ahead with the project, specially ahead of the BMC elections early next year.
The Shiv Sena has maintained that its opposition to the Metro 3 is to protect the rights of the Marathi-speaking people in danger of being displaced due to the project, mainly in areas around Girgaum. The Sena has demanded that the affected families in Girgaum be rehabilitated in the same area. Sena leaders have indicated that the party likely to intensify the opposition if the rehabilitation issue is not resolved.
An MMRC official said that a plan has been submitted to the state government about the in-situ rehabilitation of the families in Girgaum.
We have submitted plan to the state government about in-situ rehabilitation. Also, we have proposed bigger houses for the affected families. Some changes in the existing development control regulations need to be brought in to implement it. We hope to get a go-ahead from the state government next week,” said a senior MMRC official.