The proposed coastal road is not even on the drawing board yet, but political parties are already squabbling over naming it.
Samajwadi Party (SP) on Monday said the party would write to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to name the 35-km coastal road after former President APJ Abdul Kalam, after he passed away from a cardiac arrest on Monday.
The demand comes weeks after a Shiv Sena leader demanded that it be named after the party founder Bal Thackeray.
While addressing the press outside Vidhan Bhavan, SP leader Abu Azmi said naming the road after Kalam would be a fitting tribute to the scientist.
“Considering Kalam’s stature and contribution to the country’s development, a big project like the coastal road must be named after him,” Azmi said.
He will also be writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding this. The demand came on Tuesday afternoon even before the final rites of the ex-president were done.
Shiv Sena MLA Sunil Prabhu had earlier this month written a letter to Fadnavis demanding that the road be named after their party leader Bal Thackeray. In his letter, Prabhu had said, “Mumbaiites were promised a coastal road in the 2012 civic election manifesto that was released under the leadership of Balasaheb Thackeray. The road must be named after the great leader who got Maharashtra not just national but international repute.”