Govt says ‘No’ to BMC’s plan for developing Aarey colony into concrete jungle

By Accommodation Times News Services

Aarey colonyThe state government has decided counter Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC’s) plan to develop Mumbai’s green land Aarey colony into concrete jungle for commercial development. The citizens have shown a huge oppose for the project and now government is supporting the citizens to scrape the plan.

Speaking against the BMC’s plan, Maharashtra’s Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse said, “The government won’t permit exploitation of even an inch of Aarey land for private or commercial development. The state government will oppose the BMC plan.”

Even Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis opposing the plan said, government will not permit depletion of Aarey’s green cover for private development.

Recently, BMC issued its new draft development plan (DP) for Mumbai, in which BMC has proposed to develop the 4,000-acre green sprawl into a “future growth node with potential to accommodate new commerce.” It has proposed new development on 1,009 hectares of Aarey land.

The proposed move has triggered a public outcry, especially since it would leave just 232 hectares of the green cover intact. Much of the land is already occupied by various dairy units, squatters, tribal hamlets, slum encroachments, private cattle sheds and film shooting sets, among others.

While the civic development plan suggests that the proposed development of Aarey Colony can significantly restructure the growth of suburbs over the next couple of years, Khadse said, “Eating into the green cover will be disastrous. The government won’t permit sacrificing the vital green lung for another cement jungle.”

The Shiv Sena has already indicated its opposition to the controversial plan with Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray himself spearheading the opposition.

Speking on the matter official said chances were that the plan would be cancelled at the BMC level itself and would not be referred to the state government.

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