Kanjurmarg land is for affordable housing, not Mumbai metro: Garodia family
Publish on : 2021-10-16 17:10:31
The letter dated December 3, 2020, said the Garodias have been the lessee of about 500 acres of land since the past several decades. It includes about 249 acres within the limits of village Kanjur (Jenkins Salt Works) and village Bhandup and another 251 acres of marsh land of village Kanjur (Arthur Salt Works).
MUMBAI: The Garodia family, which has staked claim over a 500-acre plot in Kanjurmarg and Bhandup — a part of which is being eyed by the state for the metro depot – has informed Maharashtra government that it intends to use the land to build affordable housing along with construction firm Shapoorji Pallonji.
Documents procured under the Right to Information (RTI) Act show that Maheshkumar Garodia, who claims to be the lessee of the salt pan land owned by the Centre, has strongly objected to the state’s plan to use a portion of this marshland sprawl to set up a metro rail car shed for lines 3 and 6.
The state has been so far unable to find an alternate site for the car shed after it shifted the depot for metro line 3 from the eco-sensitive Aarey green belt, where over 2,000 trees were cut.