Uddhav says Metro Car Shed Land has “no ego problem”, calls for dialogue

From: PTI | Mumbai |

December 20, 2020, 7:27:04 p.m.

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Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Sunday that he was open to a solution to the Kanjurmarg metro shed land dispute in Mumbai in dialogue with the center, claiming that this was not an “ego problem” for him.

Addressing the people of Maharashtra via a live webcast, Thackeray said that wearing masks will be mandatory in the state for the next six months in view of COVID-19. He asked people to be careful during the New Year celebrations.

“There would be no point in derailing the other’s projects… The dispute over the Kanjurmarg shed is not in the interests of the citizens. I am ready to pay tribute to the opposition for the project … as described, this is not an ego problem for me, ”he said. “We all have the documents to prove that the land belongs to the state government. If there is a controversy over land ownership, the problem can be solved through
Dialog, ”said Thackeray.

Should the land be allowed to go because of property problems and should it be given to builders? he asked. Regarding criticism from BJP leaders, he said, “The problem in the Kanjurmarg lands does not affect my ego, and it should not be your ego either.”

The Bombay Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the order of the Mumbai suburb collector’s order to provide 102 acres of salt pan land here in Kanjurmarg for the construction of an integrated subway car dealership.

It also prevented authorities from carrying out construction work on the said property. The center and the Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra government are embroiled in a dispute over ownership of the land earmarked by the state for the construction of the car dealership depot previously planned in the Aarey Colony, a green belt here.

The previous state government led by the BJP had decided to build the car shed for subway line 3 (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ) in the Aarey colony, although environmentalists and activists spoke out against the huge felling of trees for the project .

The current MVA government – consisting of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress – recently decided to move the car shed from the Aarey colony to Kanjurmarg.

Thackeray said the Aarey car shed, which extends over 30 acres, was only for subway line 3, while the 40 acre Kanjurmarg land was for the car shed for subway lines 3, 4 ( (WadalaGhatkopar-MulundTeen Hath NakaKasarvadavali) and 6 (Lokhandwala-Jogeshwari) should be used -Kanjurmarg).

It will also be an intersection for Subway Line 14, which goes to Ambernath and Badlapur (in neighboring Thane), Thackeray said, justifying the choice of land in Kanjurmarg for the subway shed.

He said that by moving the dealership out of the Aarey colony, the state saved a forest and an environment. “The Aarey site for the car shed on subway line 3 has been scrapped as more land would have been needed in the future at the expense of the forest,” he said, adding that the Kanjurmarg site will serve for 50 to 100 years. Development should be long lasting, there should be no rush in development, he added.

Thackeray said that despite the opposition, the “most expensive” land in the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) has been given away for the central government’s high-speed train project. “We didn’t create any obstacles. If you are causing problems in Kanjurmarg and we are causing problems in BKC, there is no point creating problems in each other, ”he said.

Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Thackeray said prevention is better than cure. “Wearing a mask in public places should become a habit for at least six months,” he said.

He said experts are in favor of imposing a curfew or other lockdown, but he does not support these steps. The coronavirus situation in the state is under control, if not completely, said Thackeray.

The CM appealed to people to be careful during the New Year celebrations, saying the discovery of a new strain of the virus in Europe had resulted in a lockdown in several countries as there was no other option. Those who do not follow the safety protocol should know that they are endangering the lives of others who obey the rules, he said.

The prime minister said although life in the state is slowly returning to normal, reopening schools has been a problem.

When he spoke to the BJP in favor of calling him selfish, he said he had “ego for the good of Mumbai and Maharashtra”. “Governments come and go, but development is for people and their future generations,” he said.

Thackeray also said his government has been extremely transparent in releasing statistics on COVID-19 positive cases and deaths from the disease.

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