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Maharashtra Govt. looking for alternative sites for metro car shed: Eknath Shinde

The BJP-led Central government and the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government are locked in a tussle over ownership of the land earmarked by the state for constructing the car shed depot which was earlier planned in Aarey Colony.

Maharashtra Govt. looking for alternative sites for metro car shed: Eknath Shinde
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Maharashtra Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde on Wednesday, December 23, said that the state government has started looking for alternative sites for the Mumbai Metro car shed.

Addressing a press conference, Shinde said the state government was of the view that the Central government should cooperate with the state for development works. If the state government and the Centre resolve the controversy over the car shed site, the project can be completed on time, Shinde added.

The Shiv Sena leader also stated that since the Centre wasn't showing any inclination to help the project, the state government was exploring alternative sites. However, he also explained the advantages of having a car shed in Kanjurmarg.

Some 40 hectares of land in Kanjurmarg is barren and a car shed can be constructed there for Metro Lines 3, 4 and 6, and also a junction for trains for Ambernath and Badlapur, he said. Shiv Sena MLA Manisha Kayande, former MP Shivajirao Adhalrao-Patil were also present at the press conference.

On December 16, the Bombay High Court stayed the Mumbai suburban district collector's decision allotting 102 acres of saltpan land in Kanjurmarg for the car shed, as the Union government contended that its salt department owns this land and not the state.

The BJP-led Central government and the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government are locked in a tussle over ownership of the land earmarked by the state for constructing the car shed depot which was earlier planned in Aarey Colony by the then BJP government in the state.

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