BMC, MMRDA spar over Metro



MUMBAI: The Birhanmumbai Municipal Corporation and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) are back at loggerheads once again over the Maharashtra government’s ambitious monorail and Metro projects.

The municipal corporation has rejected four land proposals put forth by the MMRDA on the grounds that the municipal corporation would not be benefiting from the “commercial” aspects incorporated in the proposals.

The MMRDA had asked for additional 4,000 square metres of commercial area in all the 27 railway stations. “None of the government agencies would be benefiting from the creation of additional FSI. It is only Reliance which would get the share,” said corporator Manoj Kotak. The other bone of contention was land in Vikhroli for building a carshed.

This proposal, too, included a demand of 25% commercial use. Previously, members of the BMC’s improvements committee had raised objections over the rehabilitation plans for the project-affected families, who are a large vote-bank for the Shiv Sena-BJP-ruled municipal corporation. More info