Will not let Aarey be destroyed: Raj Thackeray

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 16, 2015 22:37 IST

Reiterating his opposition to the construction of a metro car shed in the Aarey Colony, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Monday demanded the depot be moved to Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) land.

“A nexus of politicians, builders and businessmen want to grab land in Aarey Colony. In the metro’s name, they are making inroads in the colony. However, we will not allow them to destroy its rich biodiversity. Why does not the MMRC shift the depot to the MbPT, which is along the metro corridor and can be built easily?” Thackeray said.

He also said an underground depot can be built at the Racecourse land, where Shiv Sena wants a theme garden.

Thackeray, along with about 300 party workers, visited the proposed depot site in Aarey and reviewed the green cover that the project will destroy.

He alleged the new development plan (DP) was prepared keeping builders and businessmen in mind.

“It seems the DP is aimed at repaying the expenditure made during elections.”

He also pulled up the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) for allegedly providing incorrect information about the consequences of the project to the public and the Japanese Bank, which is funding the metro.

Taking a dig at civic chief Sitaram Kunte, he said: “Instead of checking proliferation of slums, he expresses fears Aarey will turn into Dharavi.”

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