The deadlock over relocating the offices of political parties for the proposed Metro station ended on Saturday. The parties have now agreed to shift out by May. This came after the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) held a joint meeting with all the six affected political parties and offered them temporary relocation to sites across south Mumbai.
While the parties have agreed to shift their offices, the meeting, however, ended without any concrete resolution on an alternate location.
Saturday’s meeting, called by additional chief secretary Sumit Mallick, was attended by representatives of the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Shiv Sena, Samajwadi Party and the Peasants and Workers Party (PWP).
According to MMRC officials, the parties agreed to check four alternate options for their relocation — the MTNL and BSNL buildings near Flora Fountain, World Trade Centre at Cuffe Parade and Mumbai Port Trust land. For now, the parties have agreed to check these places out and see if it suits their convenience.
The parties, however, have been insisting their alternate accommodation be situated closer to the Mantralaya, so that visitors to their offices are not inconvenienced.
The parties are now likely to approach the general administration department and propose new sites for relocation. The NCP said it was ready for relocation. “We are fine with a plan to relocate to any place the government suggests. We had never opposed it to begin with,” said NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik.
Malik said the parties may meet the chief minister over the issue soon. “We are hopeful there will be a joint meeting with chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who will find a way out.”
The MMRC, earlier this week, had served notices to eight political parties and 26 government offices situated in the colonial-era barracks at Nariman Point, asking them to relocate temporarily. This was done to facilitate the construction of the Vidhan Bhavan Metro station on the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro rail route, which is completely underground.