MUMBAI NOT ON THE LIST, SENA, BJP INDULGE IN BLAME GAME
Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday announced the first list of 20 cities to be developed as Smart Cities in India, but Mumbai doesn’t find its name on the list.
The ouster gave way to another bitter war of words between allies Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The latter said the Sena’s demand to make city mayor Snehal Ambekar chairman of the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) under the project proved to be a major hurdle.
Chances already appeared bleak after the Sena first opposed the inclusion of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) under the project and later introduced 14 amendments that weakened the nature of the project itself while passing the proposal in the general body last month.
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