Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has opposed the move to cancel the Peddar Road flyover and accused the state government of the pampering the local residents.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) minister Jayant Patil on Saturday hinted that there were plans to scrap the project.
Raj warned not to allow any infrastructure project to be undertaken across the state if the state bows to the 'unjust demand' of the residents.
"There is a constant bottleneck in the area and instead of going ahead with the project, the state is unnecessarily entertaining the residents who have selfish motives," said Raj. "It is purely a case of discrimination as flyovers are built across the cities and no thought is given to local residents," said Raj. He asked Patil to vacate his Peddar Road residence and drive from the suburbs to experience the problem.
Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan denied that a final call had been taken on the flyover. He said a decision would be taken after hearing a public hearing.
The 4.5km flyover has been kept on the backburner for a decade after singers and Peddar Road residents Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosale voiced their opposition.
Raj who shares cordial relationship with the sisters defended them saying that residents just pushed them in front. "The residents put them at the forefront to serve their individual agendas," said Raj. He said Bhosale, who had threatened to shift to Dubai if the flyover was built, would not do so. "Ashatai's new home at Parel is next to the flyover. She will support the Peddar Road flyover which would be beneficial to all Indians," he added.
NCP's Jaydutt Kshirsagar who heads MSRDC, which is implementing the project, however, said his department is keen on building the flyover. "If we can have a flyover at Lalbaug, Worli sea link and JJ, then there is no reason why there cannot be a flyover at Peddar Road. There is no confusion in the NCP over this. Patil's statements were misconstrued," said Sachin Ahir, minister of state for housing.