November 22, 2016 1:34:56 am
Taking a dig at the BJP’s affordable housing scheme, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray Monday said open spaces in the city should be made available to its residents. Thackeray made the statement at the inauguration of a sewage treatment plant (STP) at Colaba.
Referring to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s initiative of promoting affordable housing, Thackeray said, “Whenever they see open land in the city, they always talk of affordable housing. But who is it affordable for? Or is it just word play?”
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The draft development plan 2034 had proposed unlocking 4,378 hectares of land falling under the No Development Zones in areas such as Marve, Malwani and Aksa, as well as salt-pan lands, for housing. The Sena had opposed this, claiming that the move would only benefit selected builders.
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On Monday, Thackeray said that the eastern seafront, which has 900 acres of land, should be made available to residents. “The Mahalaxmi racecourse, which is only open to the elite, should be thrown open to the people of the city. All other open spaces, including the MbPT land, should be opened to the public and world-class facilities such as a sea world should be developed on some portion of the land,” he said. Thackeray added that the Mumbai Port Trust should hand over its land to the state government and the civic body. Amid speculations on whether the alliance between the BJP and the Shiv Sena for the civic polls would continue, the BJP skipped the inauguration altogether.
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