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CAUTIOUS CHIEF MINISTER ASHOK CHAVAN PUTS MEGA MAKEOVER PLANS ON HOLD

govt-big-projects-The Maharashtra government has put on hold the final decision on some big ticket infrastructure projects including redevelopment of Mantralaya redevelopment, Dharavi, and Worli-Haji Ali sealink. The government in effect has set at rest the speculation that Indiabulls Real Estate has bagged the lucrative Mantralaya redevelopment project. Chief minister Ashok Chavan told mediapersons that the decision on these projects will be taken by the new government after the elections. As regards the Mantralaya redevelopment project, Chavan said no final decision has been taken so far. Asked about the opposition BJP-Shiv Sena’s stand that they would review all decisions taken by the Congress-NCP government if they came to power, Chavan claimed the opposition combine won’t form the next government in the first place. The government decision also applies to the redevelopment of government housing colony in Bandra, yet another mega project being chased by major real estate players and developers. Deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal, who holds the PWD portfolio which is handling the Mantralaya redevelopment project, said the decision to put the project on hold had nothing to do with the objections raised by other bidders over Indiabulls being chosen as the preferred bidder.

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