Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday asserted that Mumbai will not have a separate Chief Executive Officer (CEO) nor Prime Minster Narendra Modi committee would undermine powers of state. Fadnavis said, “From the very beginning I have always maintained that we would have a nodal officer in Delhi to relentlessly pursue the Mumbai projects which are languishing in different departments in Delhi.”
In the past also we had a nodal officer who would look after special Mumbai projects. CM Fadnavis added, “The purpose is to expedite the development of Mumbai. And why should any body object to the PM committee if it helps in quick execution of city projects that are delayed because of multi-departmental clearances at centre.”
Fadnavis said, “Why should anybody show such distrust against the prime minister of country? I am amazed at the manner in which some people are questioning the PM committee.”
He said, “I have very clearly stated that PM committee was essentially to pursue the projects which are struck in various union ministries at centre. The objective is to fast track the projects.”
While acknowledging that Modi has not given any consent to lead the committee so far, he said. “There are 100 projects related to Mumbai which are in various stages and requires centre’s clearances. If PM committee calls for a meeting to review the projects of Mumbai, it would move faster. Almost 90 per cent of the hurdles would get cleared while preparing for the PM meeting.”
The chief minister expressed his anguish over protest from political parties over PM committee. On Monday, Congress, NCP had questioned Fadnavis for giving away state rights to Modi. The Shiv Sena which is an alliance partner also expressed concern arguing they would not like to compromise their rights in BMC.
According to Fadnavis, “Almost all the Mumbai related projects require centre’s clearance. The coastal regulation zone norms have almost landed majority of the projects in ministry of environment. Now, we have Prakash Javdekar as union minister for environment who is taking decisions.”
Similarly, various other ministries are involved in the city projects. It would take just one meeting held by PM to expedite almost 90 per cent of the projects, he added.