Will extend Metro network to Mira-Bhayandar and airport: Maha CM Devendra Fadnavis
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said that the Metro rail networks will be connected from the northern and southern parts of the city. He also said that Metro lines 2 and 7 would be extended upto Mira-Bhayandar on the north and to the airport too.
While replying to the debate on the budgetary demands for the urban development and home department on Wednesday, Fadnavis said that joining these missing links would ensure that the all parts of the city are connected to each other.
He also said that the state plans to expand the 172-km planned Metro network to 200 km in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region within a few years.
The MMRDA has started Metro 2 between DN Nagar-Dahisar-Bandra-Mandale and Metro 7 between Andheri and Dahisar. The 13-km extension to Mira-Bhayander, which will now be called Metro-9, will have 10 stations and cost Rs6,518 crore. Metro 7 will be extended to connect to the Mumbai international airport.
“The construction has begun for 33.5-km underground line. Once completed, Metro 3 will reduce the carbon footprint worth six lakh trees,” the chief minister said.
BJP legislator Anil Gote has written to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and state parliamentary affairs minister Girish Bapat that the Maharashtra Legislative Council be dissolved as important bills are being stalled for political motives.
Maharashtra has two houses of state legislature — Assembly and council, the upper house. Currently, the Opposition Congress-NCP forms the majority in the council because of which the ruling BJP is not being able to pass the bills the way they want.
“The legislative council has no constitutional powers. The candidates rejected by the people during Assembly elections are rehabilitated at the council,” said Gote. “Important bills are being stalled for political motives. This should be stopped by dissolving the upper house,” he added. He was referring to the appropriation bill that was stalled last week for two days in the council.
Khar police station is illegal, Ashish Shelar tells Assembly
BJP MLA and city unit chief Ashish Shelar in the state Assembly on Wednesday said that Khar police station is illegal as the plot is reserved for a veterinary hospital. Shelar also demanded higher FSI for all affected people of the Metro rail projects on the Girgaum and Kalbadevi lines.
Initiating a department-wise budget debate in the lower House, Shelar said that his attempts to make the station legal in the last two years have been in vain.
“It can be made legal by changing the reservation use of the plot. I have been trying to get this done since 2015 but things are not moving in the right direction,” he said, demanding that the state should take up the issue seriously.
Khar is situated in western suburbs of the city. It is the same police station from where investigation in the high profile Sheena Bora case started in 2015.
Shelar also demanded a Floor Space Index (FSI) of 4 for the rehabilitation of the project affected people (PAP), with Metro projects coming up in various parts of the city.
“The state should incentivise the rehabilitation of PAP’s of the Metro lines like it had done for Girgaum-Kalbadevi area by allowing the use of FSI of 4,” he said.
He was indicating to the case where Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had opposed Metro-3 plan after they found that around 850 families will be displaced with the project in the Girgaum-Kalbadevi area. To quell the political resistance, the state government then decided to allow using FSI of 4 for in-setu development of the affected families.
FSI is the ratio of the permissible built-up area to the plot area.
State asks BCCI for agreement documents with cricketers
The Maharashtra government on Wednesday informed the state assembly that they have sought documents from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) about the agreement between the board and cricketers in case of non-payment of stamp duty., said the state revenue minister Chandrakant Patil said in the lower house.
He was replying to the queries raised by Mumbai BJP MLA Amit Satam. Satam alleged that the BCCI has not paid registration fees and stamp duty for the agreements being made between BCCI and the cricketers. This has resulted in huge revenue loss for the state government.
“To the best of my knowledge, BCCI has never paid stamp duty to the state for these agreements. If it is true, then they have deprived the state of revenue worth crores over the past few years,” Satam said.
In a written reply to the queries, the revenue minister said that as per the Indian Registration Act, 1908, the BCCI doesn’t need to register such agreements with the state. However, according to the Maharashtra Stamp Act, it is mandatory on part of the BCCI to pay stamp duty on the agreements with cricketers, he pointed out.
“To ascertain the facts, the collector of stamps and additional collector of stamps have asked BCCI officials to submit all the related documents with the office of registration and stamp duty,” Patil said in his reply.