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MANTRALAYA MAKEOVER PROJECT GIVEN A BURIAL

In an unexpected move, deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal told the legislative assembly that the government had decided to scrap the Rs 2,000-crore Mantralaya makeover plan. The project, which the minister has been pushing enthusiastically for long, has been mired in controversy, the most recent being the opposition’s allegation that the government had declared Mantralaya a slum to get additional FSI. The Deputy Chief Minister Chaggan Bhujbal informed the legislative assembly that the government had decided to scrap the Rs 2000-crore Mantralaya makeover plan. Deputy Chief Minister Chaggan Bhujbal said that that while the Mantralaya precinct redevelopment proposal was a good project, there was a lot of criticism against it and thats why they have decided to drop it. He added that the Mantralaya main building would now be redeveloped through state budgetary funds, while a fresh proposal would be prepared for the remaining work and placed before the infrastructure sub-committee. The deputy CM’s decision is significant politically, as ever since the proposal was first mooted a year ago, he was keen on completing it in a time-bound period. The back-off could well have something to do with chief minister Ashok Chavan gaining the upper hand in the duel with his deputy. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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