When CM Uddhav Thackeray decided to stop the metro work at Aarey and stop action against all environmentalists, it was established that he was going to counter the decisions taken by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
And it’s already begun. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has ordered stop payments of all work that were started during the tenure of Devendra Fadnavis and has put all these projects and proposals under a scanner to be reviewed.
Only projects that have been completed will be given their dues that too after it is checked thoroughly to have met the work standards and clauses by the Maha Vikas Aghadi government.
Another major decision taken by CM Uddhav Thackeray has been the bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad that has been put on hold for review. The same is a pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The major projects under review are :
• The Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Corridor, estimated to cost Rs 46,000 crore
• The Coastal Road linking south Mumbai to the Western suburbs of approx. Rs 12,000 crore
• The Rs 7,000-crore Versova-Bandra Sea Link
• The construction of the third bridge on the Thane Creek that is expected to cost Rs 800 crore and also the on-going tunnelling for a six-km missing link of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway
Now it remains to be seen how CM Uddhav Thackeray’s decisions to review will not only impact the works started by former CM Devendra Fadnavis but whether any cases of corruption also come to the fore, specifically in those prpjects that involve BJP’s top favorite contractors.