Express press service
MUMBAI: A new battle has erupted between the Maharashtra government and the Center over the latter’s refusal to hand over a plot of land under its control for the construction of a Mumbai metro hangar.
The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has written to the Chief Secretary of Maharashtra stating that the state should only develop the Metro Line 3 shed at Aarey Colony. Earlier, the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in the state changed the site of the proposed hangar from Aarey to Kanjur Marg after protests from environmentalists, Shiv Sena activities and the public who feared damage to the local ecology as the area has thick greenery.
The Center said it would not be possible to develop the Kanjur Marg car shed due to operational difficulties and financial and legal issues. “The relocation of the Aarey shed to Kanjur Marg will result in a major increase in cost, infrastructure and impact, and therefore a decision should be made with due consideration of long-term viability and sustainability” , reads the letter. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray previously alleged that the Center was not cooperating with the state in handing over Kanjur Marg land.