The Navy wanted to build a floating jetty at Malabar Hill in south Mumbai, and responding to that the Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday that he will “never give an inch” of land to the force in the area, and asked Naval officials to “go to the Pakistan border”. Gadkari was referring to Navy asking the Mumbai Port Trust for land in south Mumbai for operations and housing its staff. Vice Admiral Luthra had written to the port trust on this issue in December 2016.
In mumbai, at a event in the presence of Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Commander-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, Gadkari said, “When they come to me asking for land in south Mumbai, I will never give an inch. Everyone wants to have houses and quarters in south Mumbai. Why should they live in south Mumbai? Why can’t they go to the Pakistan border, which they patrol?”
He was at a event speaking at the event for laying the foundation stone for an international cruise terminal in Mumbai port says that “We are the government, bring the projects to us,” and adding to it he also urged the Maharashtra government to bring projects to the central government instead of waiting for clearance from the defence ministry.
And this week, the Bombay High Court denied clearance for the construction of a floating hotel and jetty at Nariman Point, dismissing a petition filed by the developer, Rashmi Development Pvt Ltd and have challenged the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s denial of permission with the Navy stating that safety and before going ahead the security issues need to be looked upon.
Gadkari stated that, “The floating jetty in Malabar Hill has been stalled by the Navy. There is no Navy in Malabar Hill, so they had no right to deny permission. Their job is only to protect our borders from terrorists,” Adding to it, the National Green Tribunal and environmental activists were also criticized and accused as they blocked major projects coming forward and he said, “Environmentalists are a microscopic minority in Mumbai. They tried to stop the Bandra-Worli sea Link when I was a minister here.”