State BJP chief Patil reiterates Kanjurmarg land belongs to Centre

uddhav Thackeray & Chandrakant Patil

Nagpur : The Uddhav Thackeray government would not be able to construct the Mumbai Metro 3 car shed at Kanjurmarg as it’s owned by the Salt Commissioner of union government, asserted the Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil.

Talking to media persons here on Wednesday, Patil said that the Kanjurmarg land is under dispute between the state government, one former MLA, Bafna and the union government before the Mumbai court.

A month after declaring over 800 acres of Aarey Milk Colony a reserved forest, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray scrapped the construction of the metro car shed at Aarey and shifted the project to Kanjurmarg, fulfilling a key pre-poll environmental promise. However, the union government has written to the Maharashtra government directing it to restrain MMRDA from developing the car shed at Kanjurmarg as it would be “against the interest of government of India.” The 102 acres at Kanjurmarg now being used to build the car shed for Metro 3, is the remit of the salt commissioner who comes under the union government.

The state BJP chief Patil said that when he was the revenue minister, a proposal from the divisional commissioner came to his office to hand over the land to the state government. The revenue department also endorsed the proposal and requested the union government to act accordingly. However, one Bafna, who also claims one portion of the land, contested it and moved the court and now the matte is sub-judice.

Patil pointed out that using the land of salt store for car shed of Mumbai Metro would also destroy the environment of the area as the present government had cancelled the Aarey Colony land, citing the similar reasons.

Earlier, the state government claimed that the land allotted for the car shed at Kanjurmarg has always been with the state government as per revenue records and the project work will go ahead as decided earlier. State environment minister Aaditya Thackeray’s remarks came after the Centre wrote to the state’s Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar, claiming that the land concerned belongs to the Union government.

The BJP chief Patil said that the state government would not be able to construct the car shed at Kanjurmarg in view of the present status of the land and hence it should develop the Metro car shed at Aaarey Colony immediately. Earlier, the state BJP chief Patil held a protest against the arrest of Republic TV Arnob Goswami and accused the Maharashtra of having an undeclared emergency.