Shiv Sena demands Nagpur-Mumbai expressway to be named after Bal Thackeray
Ruling coalition partner Shiv Sena demanded Tuesday that the Nagpur-Mumbai expressway, a pet project of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, be named after the party's late patriarch Bal Thackeray.
The 701-km expressway, also called Samruddhi expressway or Nagpur-Mumbai Super Communication Expressway, is estimated to cost Rs 46,000 crore.
The work on the project is yet to start. In a letter to Fadnavis, his cabinet colleague and Sena leader Eknath Shinde said it was Bal Thackeray who envisioned the Pune-Mumbai expressway and he fulfilled his vision after the Sena-BJP government came to power in 1995. The late Thackeray should be credited for this contribution and his vision should be respected, Shinde said.
Several Sena legislators have expressed a wish that the Mumbai-Nagpur expressway is named after Bal Thackeray, said Shinde, minister for the Public Works Department. Interestingly, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had earlier asked the farmers who are going to lose their lands for the Samruddhi expressway to approach his party with their grievances.
The Sena does not want development at the cost of farmers, and he had told the chief minister that some parts of the expressway will have to be realigned for farmers' sake, Uddhav Thackeray had said.
(With inputs from agencies.)