Metro 3 project: Sena to observe one-day bandh to protest against relocation of families

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 16, 2015 22:39 IST

Pitching in to the opposition to the Metro 3, the Shiv Sena called for a one-day Girgaum Bandh on Wednesday, to protest against the relocation of 777 families in Girgaum and Kalbadevi for building the project.

The BJP’s ally, along with a group of project affected people, held a meeting with Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) officials on Monday to discuss issues about their resettlement and rehabilitation.

Claiming the MMRC officials failed to address their issues properly, the local Shiv Sena unit declared the bandh.

The move comes even after the chief minister announced the PAP would get houses bigger than their existing ones, in the same area.

“It is just a promise. Going by past instances, THE government has hardly fulfilled any of its promises. Until we get a written assurance from the government, we will not trust them,” said Pandurang Sankpal, Sena leader from Kalbadevi.

Meanwhile, a MMRC official said: “We heard out all their grievances and assured them of better compensation. However, we cannot give anything in writing, as consultations are going on and the final decision has to be taken by the state government.”

MMRC officials said as a last resort, metro stations at Girgaum and Kalbadevi may be scrapped if the fail to convince the PAP to move.

The 33.5-km corridor has been planned from Colaba to Seepz via Bandra, and is scheduled to be operational by 2020.

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