A memorial of Maratha warrior king Shivaji in the Arabian Sea will be the first project in the state to get environmental approval in a fortnight’s time.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis demanded a much-needed push for key projects, including the memorial. in a meeting with Union environment and forests minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday.
Sources said Fadnavis wants to lay the foundation to the memorial on the occasion of the Maratha king’s birth anniversary in February. The memorial was promised by the erstwhile Congress-NCP government almost 10 years ago, but the plan continues to remain on paper.
Among the other issues discussed on Thursday were the Coastal Regulatory Zone norms that need to be sorted out to construct coastal roads in the city, the card shed for the Charkop-Mankhurd Metro II line, trans-harbour link and a memorial for Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar at Dadar.
Fadnavis also raised the issue of delayed development of the koliwadas in the city.
The chief minister said developing the city’s infrastructure was his priority.
“I will continue to pursue matters related to Mumbai’s makeover. And today's [Thursday’s] meeting [his first with Javadekar] was a step in the right direction,” he said.
Fadnavis asked all department heads to travel to New Delhi to get approvals and not leave their job to others. “You must leave your headquarters to follow up on things and get them done,” he told senior bureaucrats when Javadekar suggested appointing a nodal officer in the national capital.
The chief minister and Union minister will meet again in Delhi a fortnight from now.
Javadekar said his department will not act as a roadblock while approving projects, as long as they don’t harm the environment. He assured transparency and fast tracking.
He said the online application process has enabled applicants to track the status of their projects on real time basis.