Ahead of the civic polls in Mumbai, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday said the state government would take over some of the pending Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) projects, which would then be developed by the government.
Fadnavis was talking at an event for the commissioning of the Kapurbawadi-Bhandup underground water supply tunnel project in Bhandup (W). Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, ministers Vinod Tawde and Eknath Shinde, Yuva Sena president Aditya Thackeray and civic chief Ajoy Mehta were present at the event, among others.
“After getting the letter of intent for the SRA projects, they have been delayed for many years. The residents become homeless but the projects do not get completed. After three to four years, the rent is also not given to the residents. There is a need to set benchmarks for such projects. So, all the pending SRA projects will be taken over by the state government. These projects then will be developed by the government through Shivshahi Punarvasan Prakalp,” said Fadnavis. Fadnavis also praised the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s work.
Taking a dig at the NCP, Fadnavis said guns and swords were flashed at programmes organised by other parties. “But, we are talking about the development of the city. People have understood we are for development,” he said.
Speaking at the event, Uddhav said, “We completed the middle Vaitarana dam project in record time. But we had to wait for 10 years to get the Centre’s nod. Now, the BMC will take up the Gargai, Pinjan and Damanganga projects. All these should be declared as national projects. The permissions need to be given on time and the state government should follow it up with the Centre,” said Uddhav.
The CM said the government would follow up with the Centre to declare water supply projects in the city as national projects.
Uddhav said the work carried out by the civic body couldn’t be erased by anyone. “We just don’t speak but we do it. Making promises and fulfilling them has been the tradition of the Sena. We will continue this for the next 25 years,” he said.