MUM­BAI NOT ON THE LIST, SENA, BJP IN­DULGE IN BLAME GAME

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Tanushree Venka­tra­man tanushree.venka­tra­man@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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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