Maharashtra CM pitches for Mumbai infrastructure

Mumbai, Jan 25 | Updated: Jan 26 2005, 05:30am hrs
The debt-ridden Maharash-tra government would continue to pursue its proposal with the central government to seek at least Rs 2,000 crore for every year for the next five years in a bid to strengthen Mumbais infrastructure. The state government has already embarked upon an investment plan of Rs 31,000 crore for the same purpose.

State chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, in his address at the inauguration of flyover in north east Mumbai on Tuesday, said that the government hopes positive response from the central government. The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has stayed in Mumbai during his five-year tenure as Reserve Bank of India governor, is sympathetic about Mumbais issues and its development. The central government will respond to use in a positive manner, Mr Deshmukh opined.

The chief minister made it clear that the government would continue its demolition drive as there was no space available in Greater Mumbai for new illegal slums and other establishments. However, he said that slums and shops regularised upto January 1, 1995 would not be demolished. He added that the government has already launched massive rehabilitation of slums under which more than 50,000 houses would be give at free of cost.

Mr Deshmukh said that the government would not allow sale of such flats for at least 10 years by the occupant. He informed that the government would keep tab on the illegal construction by remote sensing technology. Mr Deshmukh said that the government through its various agencies has launched infrastructure upgradation programmes in Greater Mumbai.

State public works minister Chhagan Bhujbal held all political parties responsible for Mumbais present sorry state of affairs. In the name of vote politics each and everybody has contributed for Mumbais present condition. However, henceforth cutting across political party lines, non government organisations and others will have to sacrifice for making Mumbai a better place to live especially for our next generation, he noted.