Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has assured that the cosmopolitan character of Mumbai will never be compromised and government would go extra mile to promote the Bollywood and infrastructure to make the financial capital more livable. The Bollywood will remain in the heart of Mumbai, he reiterated.
At the Mumbai Press Club function late monday Fadnavis participated in a panel discussion where questions were asked by well known film maker Mahesh Bhatt and former secretary of Maharashtra government and currently CEO Tata Reality and Infrastructure Projects Sanjay Ubale on wide ranging issues related to Mumbai.
The chief minister asserted that his government believed in doing business with ease. And that there cannot be any ambiguity about considering Bollywood as a serious business globally. To Bhat’s apprehensions on how to retain the multi-cultural dimension of city, Fadnavis, said, “ The credit for the vibrant, celebrations, cosmopolitan and multicultural ethos of city goes to Mumbaikars.” He continued, “ My government’s role will be that of a facilitator to retain that character and further strengthen it in coming days.”
Bhatt expressed serious concerns about possibility of Bollywood moving out of Mumbai and wondered what the state government would do to retain the multi-cultural spirit of commercial capital of India.
The film maker also expressed concerns about communal tensions which could be detrimental for the free spirit of Mumbai. The film maker pointed to the the communal tension at Lower Patel on Sunday.
Fadnavis indicated that he always believed every individual had a right to exercise his freedom of speech and that nobody can enforce unwillingly any ideas on others. And that government would play a pro-active role to retain the communal harmony and multi-cultural ethos which is the strength of city.
On Ubale’s infrastructure related questions Fadnavis said, “ The inordinate delay in clearing the development plans has badly affected the planning. In last 15 days I hav already cleared 34 development plans including that of Bhiwandi.” On Mumbai’s lifeline, (Local Trains) he said, “ The centre-state has decided to set up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to expedite and implement the suburban railway projects.” Fadnavis revealed that often projects planned remained in pipeline because of decision deficit which has created the mismatchbetween demands and services.”