Residents protest proposed Mumbai metro route

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By PAMELA RAGHUNATH, CORRESPONDENT www.gulfnews.com

Mumbai: Residents of the crowded Girgaum-Kalbadevi area of South Mumbai, where a new metro route will pass through, have called for a shutdown in their area to protest against the project.

They say the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro-III will displace them.

The Shiv Sena, an ally of the BJP-led Maharashtra government, on Wednesday backed the protest, as did the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and Congress party.

Essential services were exempted from the strike, a local Sena leader told reporters and police said there had so far been no untoward incidents.

Local residents are worried that those displaced by the metro line may not get fair compensation for their properties.

The fisherwomen of Chira Bazaar told a Marathi TV channel that they don’t trust the government, considering even those displaced by the Metro in Andheri are still awaiting resettlement. More info

 

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