BJP lauds Fadnavis for infra push; city being sold to Adani: Congress | Mumbai News – Times of India | IIT EXPERT

Mumbai: Even as BJP MLA Ashish Shelar praised deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis for fast-tracking the city’s infrastructure, Congress MLA Varsha Gaikwad countered govt’s achievements claim by alleging that Mumbai was being sold land parcel by parcel to PM Narendra Modi’s ‘friend’ Gautam Adani.
On Wednesday, Shelar moved a motion in the legislative assembly to applaud the achievements of the Eknath Shinde govt.Attacking Shiv Sena (UBT), he said the party had “ruled” Mumbai for 25 years but failed to provide water to the last man in line. Shelar said Mumbaikars had been promised 24×7 water supply and had paid Rs 30,000 crore in taxes over two decades. “There must be accountability. A 24-hour water supply scheme was implemented on a pilot basis in Mulund and Bandra West for which BMC paid Rs 400 crore to a consultant. The scheme failed and Sena (UBT) is to be blamed,” he said.
He praised Fadnavis for the rapid infrastructure development in Mumbai stating that as CM in the erstwhile govt he had ensured speedy central clearances, including environmental. Shelar blamed former CM Uddhav Thackeray for stalling the Aarey Metro carshed work delaying the commissioning of the Metro Line 3. The stay on the carshed resulted in a loss of Rs 10,000 crore, he alleged, demanding a white paper on cost escalation.
Mumbai, he said, needs a master plan for parking zones given the increasing vehicular traffic. On MSRDC plan to develop the land at Bandra Reclamation meant to be an op-en space, Shelar said he was not opposed to it being developed, but the balance land must be converted into a garden.
Gaikwad, however, alleged tenders were being awarded by BMC to “friends of govt”. “From Dharavi to Mulund, from airport land to saltpans, from redevelopment of Dharavi to Motilal Nagar, Abhyudaya Nagar, Mata Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar, everything is being awarded to Adani,” she said. BMC issued 900 tenders worth Rs 150 crore close to the end of the financial year, clear evidence of mismanagement and to provide largesse to friends of the ruling party, Gaikwad pointed out. She termed the Mahalaxmi racecourse makeover a conspiracy to grab the open space for these “friends” and said BMC rolled back the open space policy following protests by opposition. Gaikwad said open spaces are being privatised and demanded a white paper on the increasing air pollution in the city.
Lambasting Shinde’s deep cleaning drive, Gaikwad ask-ed if cleaning the city was not BMC’s fundamental duty. “It is a conspiracy to lay off 75,000 conservancy workers. A Rs 1,400 crore tender has been floated that will benefit a member of the Upper House, but will make self-help groups that do the work redundant,” she said. While these workers are paid Rs 6,000 a month, the new tender allows payment of Rs 28,213. Today, the bill is Rs 90 crore a year. Once the new tender is awarded, it will be Rs 300 crore a year, alleged Gaikwad. “I S Chahal must be immediately transferred, along with other IAS officers, as directed by EC,” she said.
BJP’s Ameet Satam demanded the revenue minister fulfil his promise of reducing premium from 15% to 5% to convert collector’s land to freehold within 10 days.

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