Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok
Chavan today said his government was contemplating creating a
Mumbai Development Fund by levying a certain charge on
developers along the Monorail and Metro routes in the
Chavan told reporters that wherever development works take
place, property prices in the area appreciate and hence the
idea is to ensure that the government too benefits.
"Deliberations are on whether a certain charge can be
taxed on first commercial transaction which takes place. The
money can be utilised for development works meant for the
public. Nothing has been finalised," the Chief Minister said.
Replying to questions, Chavan said his government has
geared up to ensure that normal life is not disrupted in
Mumbai and Maharashtra during the Bharat Bandh called by
opposition parties on July 5 to protest fuel price hike.
"Certain political issues have been raised by the parties
and I would not like to comment on them. But, my task is to
see that life is not disrupted and whoever tries to do it,
will be taken to task," the Chief Minister warned.
Chavan said his administration is in the process of
preparing to move the Supreme Court against the High Court
judgement striking down the "Best Five" scheme.
Chavan admitted that the proposed Navi Mumbai Airport is
facing environmental issues and he would soon meet Environment
Minister Jairam Ramesh in this regard.
To a question on reducing security of some prominent
personalities including Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, he
said security is provided as per the threat perception and
there is a committee which decides on such issues. "The
government has no role to play," he said.
On his plans for a cabinet expansion in view of three
vacancies from the Congress in his council of ministers,
Chavan said, "A decision would be taken soon."