Uddhav Thackeray opposes proposed Navi Mumbai airport
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 21, 2010, 21:18
Mumbai: Highlighting differences among the UPA Government on Navi Mumbai airport, Shiv Sena executive chief Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said the Environment Ministry should be "shut down" if its opinion has no value.

"Shut down the Environment Ministry if its opinion on the proposed Navi Mumbai airport is not taken into consideration," Uddhav told reporters here.

Uddhav said he was commenting on the issue after Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh opposed the airport site for possible environment hurdles and Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel yesterday said the new airport would come up at Navi Mumbai only.

The surrounding environment would be altered for the construction of the airport like changing course of two rivers and deforesting mangroves' cover, the Sena leader said.

"Coming generations would have to pay for this environment alteration, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel would not pay for it," he said.

Uddhav also suggested to scout for other sites for the airport with minimum environment loss.

On Mumbai development, Uddhav said the state Government has recently introduced a Bill which would take away BMC's authority on managing water, solid waste and transport facilities in the city.

"Is this not a plan of making the city separate from the remaining state," Uddhav asked.


First Published: Saturday, August 21, 2010, 21:18

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