New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday inaugurated two new lines of the Mumbai metro- 2A and 7, a 35-km long elevated corridor stretching from Andheri to Dahisar, which costs around ₹12,600 crore.
However, the Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray (UBT) sect of Shiv Sena today said that a majority of the projects which were inaugurated by PM Modi were planned and taken forward when the party controlled the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
In the party’s mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, the Shiv Sena said, “The projects that will be inaugurated by the prime minister are mostly those that have moved forward when the Shiv Sena was in power in the BMC.”
After inaugurating the metro line and other development projects in Mumbai, PM Modi said, “For the first time after independence, India is daring to dream big & fulfil them. A long period in last century was spent discussing poverty, seeking help from world & living somehow.For the 1st time in history of independent India, world trusts India’s resolutions.” For the first time after independence, India is daring to dream big & fulfil them. A long period in last century was spent discussing poverty, seeking help from world & living somehow.For the 1st time in history of independent India, world trusts India’s resolutions: PM in Mumbai pic.twitter.com/MzKlwWijXC
— ANI (@ANI) January 19, 2023 He further stated, “Today, everyone feels that India is doing something essential for rapid development & prosperity. Today, India is full of unprecedented confidence. With inspiration of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, sense of ‘swaraj’ & ‘suraaj’ reflects on double-engine govt of today’s India.” The Prime Minister also launched various development projects in Mumbai. Modi said that in the last eight years, India has been spending more on its physical and social infrastructure with a futuristic vision and modern approach. “In the last 8 years, we have changed this approach. Today, India is spending on its physical and social infrastructure with futuristic thinking and modern approach in mind,” he said. “We have seen the time when the money for the poor’s welfare used to fall prey to corruption. There was no sensitivity regarding tax received from the taxpayers. Crores of citizens had to bear its loss,” Modi added. The event was attended by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, and others. Shiv Sena (UBT) attacks BJP Party’s mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said that BJP is taking credit for the work done by the Shiv Sena and on the other hand, it is resorting to defaming the party by initiating a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) inquiry into civic projects.
This is a double standard, the ‘Saamana’ editorial alleged.
Citing examples, the editorial said the super specialty hospital in the northeast suburb of Bhandup, the foundation stone of which was laid by the PM, was the one promised in the Shiv Sena in its manifesto earlier and Rs 150 crore was allocated for the work in 2017.
The sewage treatment plant plans have been in the works for the last 10-12 years, and a work order was issued by the civic body after necessary permissions were obtained from the Centre and through legal battles in the Supreme Court, it said.
“The question is not of credit, but it is of misleading people,” the ‘Saamana’ editorial claimed.