Lok Sabha elections 2019| ‘No eviction from MbPT land without homes in same area’: Nitin Gadkari
In a last-ditch attempt to woo voters from the Mumbai Port Trust (MBPT) area, presently facing eviction in light of the Eastern waterfront revamp plan, Union minister for shipping and water resources, Nitin Gadkari on Saturday promised tenants that they will not be evicted without an alternate plan for housing them “in-situ” (in the original place).
He also assured voters from slum habitations on the MBPT land, that they will be rehabilitated as per the state’s Slum Rehabilitation Authority’s (SRA) schemes.
Gadkari made the comments at a Shiv Sena rally while campaigning for the Sena’s candidate for the Mumbai South constituency, Arvind Sawant.
Gadkari said, “I’ve already promised people who live in slums on the MBPT land, that they will be given homes under SRA scheme. For tenants facing eviction, I assure you the government won’t make you homeless.”
Gadkari also promised businessmen who are tenants of the MBPT area that a separate piece of land within this area in Mumbai can be reserved for their businesses, but they may have to pay a subsidised amount to the government to use this land.
About 1,800 acres of land in the MBPT area, spanning from Colaba to Wadala, is set to be used for development of the Eastern waterfront. Many tenants have received eviction notices and are expressing anguish over the same. Mumbai Congress chief and party’s candidate for the constituency, Milind Deora, called the Gadkari rally a “publicity stunt”.
Later in the day, Gadkari fainted on stage during an election rally near Shirdi. However, he soon recovered and later reached Nagpur by a special plane.
Sudhir Deulgaonkar, Gadkari’s personal secretary, said, “He felt uneasy because of the scorching sun. Now his blood pressure and sugar levels are normal.”