Mumbai: Peddar Road flyover issue is fast
emerging as a fresh flash point between the MNS chief Raj Thackeray and Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray,
with the latter accusing the former of indulging in politics
Launching a veiled attack on his political bete noire
and Maharashtra Navnirmann Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray,
Uddhav today said, "all citizens are equal before the law.
However, some people demanded extra FSI for (Sachin)
Tendulkar`s bungalow even though it did not fit into
Raj had yesterday warned Maharashtra government that
his party won`t allow any flyover to be built if a similar
bridge planned at Peddar Road 16 years ago is scrapped owing
to opposition from "a few influential residents", including
Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle.
"The state government will decide whether to go ahead
with the flyover or not. However, the political mud-slinging
on Maharashtra`s icons in connection with the flyover issue
must stop," Uddhav said without naming Raj.
Such people are now targetting icons like Lata
Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosale over the issue which is
surprising, he added.
The flyover issue came to the forefront following
recent statements attributed to Jayant Patil, senior NCP
leader and guardian minister for Mumbai, suggesting that the
government has planned to scrap the Peddar Road flyover.
Patil himself stays in the area. Antilia, Mukesh
Ambani`s billion-dollar home, is also located in the vicinity.
Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosale have been most vocal
in opposing the project.
Five years ago, Lata Mangeshkar had threatened to
leave Mumbai if the plan went ahead, drawing criticism from
The flyover aims to decongest a major artery linking
central Mumbai to the business and power hub in the south.
The government has held public hearings with the
residents` association, which claims that the flyover will
increase air and noise pollution.
"The flyover is for the benefit of Indians, not for
the people of Dubai," Raj had said in response to Asha
Bhosle`s threat some years ago that she would migrate to Dubai
if the flyover was built.
Residents of other areas had not demurred when the
government pushed through big projects like the Bandra-Worli
Sea Link, Mumbai Metro and Monorail, Raj had said.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has, however, denied
the flyover was being junked.
"No decision has been taken on scrapping the flyover
yet. Public hearings are on," he told a delegation of the Raj
Thackeray-led party here yesterday.