Taking a firm stance on the row over building a Metro car shed at Aarey, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said shifting the project elsewhere would not be beneficial to Mumbai’s development.
During a discussion in the legislative assembly, the Chief Minister also took a veiled dig at ally Shiv Sena and its leader Uddhav Thackeray, saying, “It is for native Mumbaikars to decide the way forward for development in Mumbai.”
hackeray and his son Aaditya have been aggressive in their opposition to chopping trees for building the Metro car shed at Aarey Colony. The proposal to build the shed for the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro route has also faced resistance from green activists and local citizens. Interestingly, almost no Shiv Sena legislator was present in the House when Fadnavis made the jibe.
Ravindra Waikar, who represents a constituency affected by the development, was seated on the treasury benches, but remained silent throughout the CM’s speech. Fadnavis said “some of the opposition (to the shed) was based on misunderstandings and misgivings”.
“It is true that the original car shed design for Aarey involved hacking of 2,300 trees. But we have revised the design and the new plan would see shedding of 350 to 500 trees,” Fadnavis said. More info