Shifting of Aarey would delay the project by 4-5 years: Fadnavis
Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has claimed that shifting of Aarey as location of Metro-3 carshed to Kanjumarg could delay the project by 4-5 yeas.
The metro depot, sanctioned in 2015, which finally began in 2019 has now come back to ground zero—only because Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray wants it to be made in Kanjumarg.
Interestingly, a committee, appointed by Thackeray himself, had earlier stated that Aarey alone was a feasible option to complete the project on time. Kanjumarg was considered and discarded by the committee. There are multiple litigations and stabilizing the land would take a minimum of two years.
No viable alternative was found to Aarey to build the car shed other than Aarey forest, said the committee.
Now Thackeray announced the 800 acres of land in the Mumbai suburban area near Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) on Aarey land as a 'forest area', which excluded that part from the construction of all types of slums, government facilities, roads, and Adivasi pockets.
According to the reports, it had considered a marshy land at Kanjurmarg where a car shed for another Metro line (Jogeshwari-Lokhandwala-Vikhroli-Kanjurmarg) has been proposed and another site just outside the Aarey land (Sariput Nagar) at Jogeshwari.
This would result in massive losses to the exchequer, Fadnavis claimed.
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