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Festive protests: Shiv Sena’s Govindas mock BJP over Metro project delay


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Bhayandar: In continuation with their series of agitation on festive occasions, youth activists of the Mira Bhayandar unit of Shiv Sena played the role of Govindas to register their protest against the BJP-led governance for dangling various projects, mainly Metro Rail services, but had miserably failed in fulfilling its commitments.

Sporting black T-shirts printed with “When will Metro Start in Mira-Bhayandar” (in Marathi), the agitators formed symbolic pyramids in the various parts of the twin-city. The Govinda standing on top of the pyramid waved a placard having the same protest matter written on it.

Sena legislator Pratap Sarnaik had recently announced that his party cadres will agitate on each and every festive occasion from Janmasthami and Ganeshutsav to Navratri, Diwali and finally during Christmas to reiterate demands for Metro Rail connectivity. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has planned the creation of nine metro stations for the twin-city.

While the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation has finalized the names of the proposed stations, the project has largely remained on paper so far. However, the BJP-led governance is confident that the actual construction work will begin by December, this year. Presently, commuters in the twin-city largely rely on heavily crowded local trains and road transportation. While introduction of metro corridor is expected to boost connectivity across these rapidly expanding suburbs, the region does not have an efficient public bus transport service. Forcing people to rely on non-metered auto-rickshaws and cabs for their commute.