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
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.”