BJP And MVA Lock Horns Over Mumbai Metro Car Shed Project

The Uddhav Thackeray led MVA government is fuming after the BJP was successful in obtaining a stay order from the Bombay High Court on the construction of the Mumbai Metro Car Shed project in Kanjurmarg

Raghav N

December 18, 2020

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The Bombay High Court put a stop on the Mumbai Metro Car Shed Project construction by the Maharashtra government yesterday. The decision has irked the Uddhav Thackeray led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA), who is blaming the Bharatiya Janata Party for using the central government’s influence in putting a spoke in the wheel of the ongoing work. The judicial body has asked the MMRDA to maintain status quo on the Kanjurmarg land for now.

In October, a suburban district collector had allotted the 102 acre land owned by the central salt department for the construction. According to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politician and former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, the previous government under the saffron party had already started work in the Aarey forest district in Mumbai. However, with the Shiv Sena coming to power when the project was midway, the work was abruptly stopped by the new government citing environment reasons.

In the ownership tussle between the two political parties, while Shiv Sena alleges that the land was allocated to the MMRDA for the Metro Shed project, the BJP has laid claim on the entire salt pan area, including the 100 plus acres earmarked for the parking.

The final hearing for this petition has been scheduled for February, until which no more work will happen on the plot.

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