CM refuses to comment on Wadhvan Port

CM refuses to comment on Wadhvan Port

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Thane, Feb 7: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday refused to comment on Wadhvan Port, for which, the union cabinet gave an approval for the mega container port in neighbouring district in Dahanu on Wednesday.

He was in Dombivali city on Thursday. When he was asked his comment on the Wadhvan port, he simply said, Vadhavan port does not come under Kalyan-Dombivili limits.

The union cabinet on Wednesday gave an in principle approval for the mega container port at Vadhavan in Dahanu at a cost of Rs. 65,545 crore. When ready it will be among the world’s top 10 container ports.

It may be recalled that the locals had opposed the port tooth and nail and the government had to give it up then. The locals have once again renewed their agitation against the port and are ready to knock the doors of the courts for the same and are planning series of agitations which will follow.

After 22 years the controversial issue of Vadhavan has erupted in the district. The port itself was announced for the first time at a programme 'Advantage Maharashtra' at England and it was between 1996 and 1998 the locals resisted the port. A Vadhavan Bunder Virodhi samiti has also been set up for the purpose of the locals. Between 1998 and 2014, the proposal came to a standstill and the political parties fought the elections on this single issue and the late MP Chintaman Wanaga got elected on this issue to the Lok Sabha.

The Shiv Sena also took a strong note of the same and Uddhav Thackeray then declared that the Sena was with the locals and opposed the project tooth and nail.

Narayan Patil, the president of the Samiti said that the samiti will now fight a legal battle against the proposed port and also challenging the proposed dissolution of the Dahanu Taluka Environment Protection Authority he said. (UNI)