Mumbai: Mumbai Metro during trial run from Versova to Ghatkopar in Mumbai on Saturday. PTI Photo (PTI11_9_2013_000136B)
Mumbai: Mumbai Metro during trial run from Versova to Ghatkopar in Mumbai on Saturday. PTI Photo (PTI11_9_2013_000136B)

Mumbai: The Improvements Committee has on Thursday approved the proposal for shifting Gulmohar Society from Andheri to a 2345 square feet open space in Vile Parle, for continuation of the Metro 2B work which is conducted from D.N Road to Mandale.

Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had, in a letter written on January 1 to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), requesting to shift the Gulmohar Society to a reserved land. As the society was a hurdle to the Metro 2 project it was decided to shift it from Andheri to an open space in Vile Parle.

Some of the committee members favoured the move saying that since it is a developmental work the proposal should be approved. But the Congress corporators Ashraf Azmi and Javed Juneja alleged that Shiv Sena is now taking a u-turn on its own promises.

“We have no problem if Gulmohar Society is shifted to any other place in the city but our concern is, why on open spaces, while there are lands under the MMRDA that the society can be shifted to. If today the administration does this then in future we wont have enough open space, which is already scarce in the city,” said Ashraf Azmi.

Javed Juneja, asked why only Gulmohar is been treated as if they have lost their space for Metro or any other development works. “It’s not only Golmohar society that is affected and shifted for the development works in the city, even residents of the Kalba Devi and Thakurdwar have been shifted to other places but they, like the slum dwellers in Mumbai, are just dumped to any other place,” said Javed Juneja.

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