Sena, BJP now fight over draft DP

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Kunal Puro­hit kunal.puro­hit@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: The row over the city’s devel­op­ment plan (DP) — op­posed by sev­eral cit­i­zens and ac­tivists for some of its pro­vi­sions — has taken on a po­lit­i­cal hue.

The Shiv Sena, seek­ing to dis­tance it­self from the doc­u­ment, has in­di­cated it is against con­tro­ver­sial pro­vi­sions the cit­i­zens may op­pose.

Sources said, dur­ing a meet- ing on Thurs­day, Sena chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray said his party will not tol­er­ate the blue­print’s plans to open up ar­eas that are en­vi­ron­men­tally sen­si­tive, such as salt pans or the Aarey Milk Colony.

Ac­cord­ing to the sources, Thack­eray said the Sena will not hes­i­tate t o vir­u­lently op­pose if the BMC went ahead us­ing eco­log­i­cally- sen­si­tive ar­eas, or dish out more floor space in­dex ( FSI) for builders with­out en­sur­ing ad­e­quate in­fra­struc­ture.

The Sena’s move sig­nals an ef­fort to dis­tance it­self from the plan by the BMC ad­min­is­tra­tion, be­cause its top brass sus­pects ally BJP would dis­tance it­self if it faces flak from peo­ple. Ac­cord­ing to sources, the Sena felt the BJP may shift blame and em­bar­rass it ahead of the 2017 polls.

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