Division in NCP over Shivshrushti project

Sakal Times
Thursday, 8 February 2018

Pune: After the Shivshrushti deadlock was resolved by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is divided over the issue. NCP Member of Parliament (MP) in Rajya Sabha Vandana Chavan has objected to the use of the land meant for for biodiversity park for Shivshrushti, whereas former party leader Bandu Kemse has come up with a new plan for the project, with modern facilities, instead of statues and other historical constructions under the Shivshrushti project.

Pune: After the Shivshrushti deadlock was resolved by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is divided over the issue. NCP Member of Parliament (MP) in Rajya Sabha Vandana Chavan has objected to the use of the land meant for for biodiversity park for Shivshrushti, whereas former party leader Bandu Kemse has come up with a new plan for the project, with modern facilities, instead of statues and other historical constructions under the Shivshrushti project. Now, party leader Chetan Tupe has said that they will clear their stance after the government tables the Shivshrushti plan.

Vandan Chavan said that though she is not against Shivshrushti, it should not be built on the biodiversity park land. Chavan is a pioneer of biodiversity parks in the city. When she was in Congress, she took the initiative to propose biodiversity parks in the Development Plan of Pune city. After she joined NCP, she fought for land for the park, even though NCP corporators were against reservation for biodiversity park in the 
Development Plan. 

Chavan is against Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ decision to use the land for the park for Shivshrushti. Meanwhile, NCP corporators are celebrating as they put pressure on the BJP government to resolve the Shivshrushti deadlock. 
Kemse has come up with a new concept of Shivshrushti. He wants Shivshrushti to be modern and suggested that it should have facilities like a garden, multi-speciality hospital, amusement park, modern library. There should be an amphitheatre with audio-visual shows. There should not be any forts, stones and open ground. 

Kemse said, “We should think bigger this time. The Metro depot should be underground and all amenities should be above the ground. There should be a huge statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj to inspire people. There shouldn’t any compromise for Shivshrushti. If PMC fails to execute Shivshrushti project, I will go to court and challenge the corporation’s plan.”

Chetan Tupe, Leader of Opposition, said, “We respect Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ assurance on Shivshrushti. But, we will clarify our stand after the government publishes a detailed plan. The party hasn’t had any discussion after the CM’s announcement. We want Shivshrushti to be built without harming the environment. There are a lot of issues on biodiversity park land, such as construction, compensation, land acquisition etc. So, it is too early to comment on it. Now, we have decided to wait and watch.”

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