Oppn asks Maharashtra Govt to spell out vision for Mumbai
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 00:32
Mumbai: Opposition BJP in the Maharashtra Assembly today said Mumbai can't take any more population and asked the ruling Congress-NCP alliance to spell out its long-term vision and plan for the metropolis.

A time-bound action plan was necessary for improving the civic amenities, basic infrastructure and augmenting power generation and water supply to make the city a better place to live in, Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse said while speaking on a debate in the House on issues related to Mumbai.

"The biggest threat comes from global warming. If the sea level rises by even one per cent, half of Mumbai will be under the water."

"The environmental balance in Mumbai has collapsed," Khadse said, adding the financial capital cannot take the burden of more population.

"The burden of Mumbai needs to be eased. The offices should be shifted out of the city," he said.

Meanwhile, the BJP leader demanded a probe to know whether the mill owners have paid dues to their workers before closing down the units. "If their dues are still pending, the government should not give permission for re-development (of mills)."

He alleged that there was?a nexus between officials of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA), a government agency, and private real estate developers.

"How can you explain senior MHADA officials resigning from their jobs after a few years and joining real estate companies" he asked.

MHADA officials have been preparing housing schemes in such a way that they benefit the builders, Khadse alleged.

The Opposition leader wondered why no report of the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA), a government body tasked with re-development of slums, has been ever presented to the Legislature.

"We get annual reports of other agencies like MMRDA and CIDCO, but not SRA."

Chief Minister Ashok Chavan will reply to the debate tomorrow.


First Published: Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 00:32

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