MUMBAI: If 15 hectares of the 44 hectares Kanjurmarg land is for Metro Line 6 car shed, then is the remainder going to be given to builders, Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Aditya Thackeray questioned on Saturday as he came down heavily on the Shinde-Fadnavis government.
Addressing a press conference, Thackeray said that the BJP in Maharashtra, out of anger, sought the Centre’s intervention and, along with commissioner, builder created havoc in court to deny Mumbai a car depot hub.
He alleged it was a conspiracy to shift the Metro Line 3 car shed back to Aarey. The Kanjurmarg land was to accommodate metro car shed for Lines 3, 4 and 6 besides terminal for Line 14, he said.
“This would have saved Mumbai and Maharashtra Rs 10,000 crore besides bringing in efficiency as it would have been a multi-modal transport hub and saved Aarey forest,” said Thackeray.
“Lines 4 and 14 car shed are to come up in Thane. Now we need to understand the chief minister’s interest. After bringing down our government, the matter went cold in Supreme Court. Now the question arises who really owns the 15 hectares. And will the remaining land be given to builders ?” he asked.
BJP Mumbai unit president Ashish Shelar said Thackeray’s criticism is naive. “Your father appointed the Saunik committee which clearly stated it would be convenient to build the Metro line 3 car shed in Aarey itself.”
Shelar said the car shed in Aarey is nearing completion and questioned whether scrapping it to build a new one at Kanjurmarg would be a wise decision.
“The stance taken by the government with regard to Metro Line 6 has been done after studying the feasibility report. The Metro 3 car shed will help recover the daily loss of Rs 5.5 crore,” he said.