Jitendra Awhad, suggests scrapping tenders for consultant appointments

by Web Desk | Published: 21 Jan 2022

BMC Elections 2022
Jitendra Awhad, the Maharashtra Housing Minister, has maintained his opposition to residential and commercial projects on salt pan sites in Mumbai. Awhad asked today that MMRDA withdraw the tenders for the recruitment of project management consultants for salt pans, which will open doors for builders in the coming years. Awhad went on to say that the Maharashtra Chief Secretary should consider the views of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and cancel the High-Power Committee meeting scheduled over the issue.
Apart from Awhad, Maharashtra Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray has been vocal in his opposition to the development of salt pan lands in Mumbai, which span 5,500 acres. After the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) received a bid for the employment of a consultant to produce a plan for the development of affordable homes on salt pan lands in the city, their objection came to the fore. In the run-up to the 2018 elections for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, as well as the bordering Thane and Navi Mumbai civic authorities, this is a critical topic.
The MMRDA was appointed as the implementing agency for the development of salt pan lands in Mumbai by the Congress-NCP government in 2004. Salt pans can be found in central Mumbai at Wadala, in the eastern suburbs at Turbhe, Kanjurmarg, Bhandup, Nahur, and Mulund, and in the western suburbs of Malvani and Dahisar, as well as in the Palghar district's Mira-Bhayandar and Virar.
"In response to a question about allowing residential/commercial building on salt pan grounds, I emphasise that no residential or commercial construction will be permitted on salt pan properties." Other than these lands, there is plenty of space to build on," Aaditya tweeted.
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