Leader of the Opposition within the Assembly Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday appealed to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to relocate the Colaba-SEEPZ Metro 3 car shed to Aarey colony from Kanjurmarg.
In a letter addressed to Mr. Thackeray, Mr. Fadnavis stated some officers have been “misguiding” the federal government. He stated going forward with the Kanjurmarg plot would invite allegations that the Chief Minister is working in favour of sure builders.
“If the car shed is shifted to Kanjurmarg, it will end up cutting more number of trees. The project will be delayed and crores of rupees will be wasted,” he claimed. The BJP chief stated it’s also a “lie” that the Aarey car shed land is obtainable solely until 2031. While planning for the car shed, planners have estimated the inhabitants development until 2053, he stated.
“The technical committee set up for studying the car shed at Aarey land had recommended use of 25 hectares of land at the beginning. The remaining 1.4 hectares could be used later. There are 160 trees on that land which can be replanted in a phase-wise manner,” he stated.
Mr. Fadnavis stated the depot would have sufficient area to accommodate the variety of Metro vehicles that might be required in 2053. “On the inauguration day, it would have space for 42 trains with eight coaches, which will be sufficient for the eight to 10 years from 2031. According to Peak Hour Peak Direction Traffic, in case of a rise in population, 12 Metro cars with eight coaches will have to be added,” he stated.
Mr. Fadnavis additionally stated it’s impractical to merge Metro 2 and three traces. He stated the committee has already deliberate to relocate the car shed and the continued work is a farce. “The relocation would either lead to the loss of thousands of crores of rupees or an equal amount of profit to private individuals. You will be accused of being a party to it,” he stated.
The Bombay High Court on December 14 final yr stayed an order handed by the Mumbai suburban district collector allotting 102 acres of salt pan land in Kanjurmarg for the development of an built-in Metro car shed. The court docket had additionally restrained the authorities from finishing up any building work on the land.
The Centre and the Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra authorities are locked in a tussle over possession of the land earmarked by the State for setting up the car depot which was earlier deliberate at Aarey colony, a inexperienced belt in Goregaon.
The Union authorities has filed a petition within the HC, difficult the October 1, 2020 order handed by the collector allotting the land for building of the car shed, and stated the land belongs to the Centre’s salt division.