Shiv Sena rejects Maharashtra government’s proposal for Metro 3 car shed at Aarey Colony
Mumbai city news: Civic officials, however, say the state can still go ahead with its plans without an approval from BMCmumbai Updated: Jun 08, 2017 18:15 IST
The Shiv Sena — the ruling party in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) — on Wednesday, rejected a proposal to change the land use of 33 hectares at Aarey Milk Colony for a Metro 3 car shed, despite the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) backing the proposal. It was also rejected by the Sena-led improvements committee in the BMC without any discussion. This has happened in the backdrop of tussle between the two parties at state level. Environment activists have also been opposing the car shed construction at Aarey Colony, one of the last green spaces in Mumbai.
Civic officials, however, said the state’s plan can still go ahead with its plans without an approval from the BMC because the government had approached the civic body only for a say on the issue.
The improvements committee had recently visited the spot at Aarey. The BMC had earlier also told the state that any change in the land-use in the Development Plan (DP) 1991 will require a no-objection certificate from the Sena-led civic body. The area has been marked as a no-development zone in the Development Plan 1991, which is currently being followed to develop the city. Prakash Gangadhare, BJP corporator and improvements committee member, said, “Building a Metro is important to meet the travel needs of the city and to reduce pollution. The Sena did not even let us discuss the proposal in the committee before rejecting it.”
The Sena also did not take up the proposal to grant land at Andheri to build a Metro sub-station, which the BJP corporators objected to on Wednesday. The party has made its objection to the Metro car shed obvious on every occasion after its fallout with the BJP.
In December 2016, the state urban development had issued a notification for a change in land use of the 33 hectares for the car shed, allied facilities and a commercial zone and invited suggestions/objections for this.
Officials said the state’s urban development department had issued the notification inviting suggestions/objections under section 37 (1) AA of the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning (MRTP) Act, for an urgent sanction where it only requires a say from the stakeholders. This means the state can still go ahead with building a car shed with or without the corporation’s approval.
The DP 2034, however, marks Aarey as a no-development zone with 33 hectares reserved for the metro car-shed. As member of a planning committee that heard citizen objections on DP 2034, the Sena had opposed the car shed.
A civic official from BMC said, “Since the objections were invited during the election code of conduct, we could not approach the committee. State had only asked for BMC’s say on the issue. They can still go ahead with the change is use.”
It is to be noted that the construction of a metro car-shed has been vociferously opposed by citizens to prevent the felling of more than 2,000 trees.
Anant Nar, improvements committee chairman and Sena corporator said he had asked corporators for their views before rejecting the proposal. “The green zone at Aarey is important for Mumbai. We have to work to preserve it,” Nar said.