No change in our smart city stance: Sena

Al­though Shiv Sena in Mum­bai reluc­tantly gave its nod for project af­ter set­ting con­di­tions, party’s Navi Mum­bai unit ral­lied hard to over­rule NCP re­jec­tion

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CBD BE­LA­PUR: The Navi Mum­bai unit of the Shiv Sena said there is no change in its stance on the Cen­tre’s Smart City project in the wake of the ob­jec­tions raised by its state lead­ers.

The party has said t hat the sit­u­a­tions are dif­fer­ent in ev­ery city and hence the views dif­fer.

Shiv Se na mouth­piece Saa­mana had pub­lished an ed­i­to­rial against the project and its leader San­jay Raut too had spo­ken against it.

The Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) has, how­ever, passed the pro­posal with amend­ments.

NMMC op­po­si­tion leader Vi­jay Chougule said: “Mum­bai has an an­nual bud­get of Rs35,000 crore. So, how will a grant of Rs100 crore a year make any dif­fer­ence? That is the rea­son there were ob­jec­tions in Mum­bai. That is not the case in Navi Mum­bai where our in­come is hardly around Rs1,000 crore and hence ev­ery grant means a lot.”

Chougule said, “Thane and Kalyan- Dom­bivli t hat are ruled by our party too have ap­proved the pro­posal. There is no change in our stance, nor has our lead­ers given us any in­struc­tions to op­pose the project.”

The Shiv Sena along with the Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) had staged a huge protest af­ter the rul­ing Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party ( NCP) had re­jected the city’s Smart City Project.

Shiv Se na corp or­a­tor Kishore Patkar said: “There is no con­tra­dic­tion in our party’s views. The con­di­tions vary all over the coun­try and the needs of Mum­bai, Navi Mum­bai or Sikkim will nat­u­rally be dif­fer­ent. Those who have enough funds don’t need the project, but we cer­tainly do.”

Patkar said: “The chief min­is­ter has as­sured that the project will not take away the rights of the lo­cal self- gov­ern­ment.”

He added, “We have se­ri­ous is­sues of slum re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and project- af­fected peo­ple. Our city does not yet have a de­vel­op­ment plan. How can we then be smart al­ready as the NCP claims? Why should Navi Mum­bai refuse a project of thou­sands of crores when we so des­per­ately need it?”

On the spe­cial pur­pose ve­hi­cle ( SPV) con­tro­versy, Shiv Sena cor­po­ra­tor MK Mad­hvi said: “The NCP- ruled NMMC ap­pointed a pri­vate con­sul­tant and paid it hand­somely, when it re­ceived JNNURM funds. You ob­vi­ously need ex­per­tise to ex­e­cute mega projects.”

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