Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said he has ordered a review of all on-going development projects in the state, including the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train and Aarey metro car shed .
The bullet train project has faced stiff opposition from farmers and tribes on land aquisation .
“This government is of the common man. Like you asked now, yes, we will review the bullet train (project). Have I stayed the bullet train project like Aarey car shed? No, I haven’t,” he told reporters .
The state government will also come out with a white paper on the financial condition of the state, Mr Thackeray said.
He said the state government, which has a debt of nearly Rs five lakh crore, is firm on giving unconditional loan waivers to farmers.
Meanwhile netizens took to Twitter to thank the government and Uddhav for the move. Just a day after taking over, Uddhav took the call to halt the Mumbai metro car shed project.
Not only this, on Sunday, he announced that the state government has ordered the withdrawal of all cases filed against environmentalists during the agitations against the construction of Aarey metro car shed. Uddhav took to Twitter to announce his decision and wrote, “When the trees were cut in the middle of the night, Mumbaikars agitated against the decision. They were detained & charged. I have given orders to take back all the charges filed against them.”
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Supriya Sule and MLA Jitendra Ahwad also tweeted to thank the government “on stopping the further erosion of ground cover at Aarey”.
Gujrat MLA Jignesh Mewani wrote A very welcome decision from @OfficeofUT to drop the charges against activists and students. The next step should be to declare Aarey a forest and to stop all ‘development projects’ inside the Eco-Sensitive Zone of Aarey.