Friday, June 5, 2009
MMRDA to ‘facilitate’ UP-Biharisation of Mumbai
Even as Maharashtra Economic Survey shows that the State is inundated with migrants from UP, Congress-NCP government wants more of them! MMRDA has announced a scheme to construct 5 lakh houses that can be given to the homeless on low rent for a period of 5 years. On the face, it looks like a noble scheme to get rid of the ‘Slumbai’ tag that the city has acquired… But Ratnakar Gaikwad, MMRDA Chief, has stated that you do not need a domicile to get a rental flat in the new scheme… an open invitation to migrants! Why should the taxpayers’ money be used to get more people in this overburdened city? Instead the funds should be used to improve the housing of existing people in Mumbai… irrespective of their mother tongue!
Afraid that MNS will make political capital out of this issue; Shiv Sena declares that it will not allow ‘laying of even a single brick’ for such a project!