Mumbai mayor Sunil Prabhu on Tuesday declared that the civic body aims to put the ambitious coastal road plan, the construction of a super specialty hospital in Bhandup and the Goregaon-Mulund link road project on the fast track
"We want to give relief to residents in the eastern suburbs with the super specialty hospital. Our party chief Uddhavji had said the BMC will work on the hospital. Then during the recent elections the government said it planned to construct the hospital. We must tell you that we have been doing the work and the tender was floated to appoint a consultant for the project," Prabhu said. There has been no response to the tender, so the civic body plans to publish the tender again.
The message is clear. With the state assembly elections just a few months away, the Shiv Sena is keen to claim credit for some projects before the Congress-NCP does. The point is that all the projects are yet to take off.
Prabhu said the coastal road and the link road are key projects that the BMC plans to undertake soon. "The BMC will construct the coastal road without affecting fishermen in Koliwada. We will also commission work on the Jogeshwari-Mulund link road," he said.
The mayor also appealed to municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte not to approve any proposal for a heliport at the Mahalaxmi racecourse.
It has been reported that the state government plans to build a heliport. "I have instructed Kunte to not give permission for the heliport. We want a theme park at the racecourse. No other project will be allowed here," Prabhu said.
Congress corporator Pravin Chheda, who is also spokesperson for the party's state unit, ridiculed the saffron party's attempt to take credit for projects.
"The government is funding part of the Bhandup hospital work. The facility will not take shape without government's assistance. The idea of coastal road was first conceived by the state government," Chheda said. The government owns a major portion of the land of the racecourse, so it is the state's prerogative to build the heliport there, he added.