By Dharmendra Jore www.mid-day.com
Dismissing demands that the Metro III project be scrapped, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said yesterday that the line will be built, come what may.
But he gave assurances that the authorities would address the concerns expressed by environmentalists, as well as residents who fear dislocation. Fadnavis’ statement in the legislative assembly could be perceived as a dig at the Shiv Sena youth leader Aaditya Thackeray, who had demanded that the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro corridor be scrapped.
Accusing the Metro authorities of designing the line in a manner that would displace Marathi-speaking families in south Mumbai’s Girgaum area, the Sena had asked that Line III’s route be diverted, as that part of the city was already well-connected by the suburban railway network and did not need the Metro.
As things stand, Metro III’s construction is expected to hit residents of Annapurna Building in Kranti Nagar, as well as Ekta Niwas and Dhoot Papeshwar buildings in Girgaum. More info