Shiv Sena objects state’s decision to open up salt pans

Mumbai : Recently the development plan released (DP) 2034 has given green signal to start more than 130 hectares of salt pan land for affordable housing.

But the powerful ally of BJP in state Shiv Sena has raised its objection against the decision of state government to open up salt pan land in Mumbai. Salt pan land acts as a natural buffer during heavy rain and high tides.

Senior Sena leader and state environment minister Ramdas Kadam, along with other Sena minister, raised the issue at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

The Sena said it was wary as opening up large tracts of land would benefit builders, and may not be entirely used for affordable housing.

The minister said that Mumbaiites need to have open spaces, and need to breathe freely. So oppose the decision.