The newly elected Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that he has ordered a review of all on-going development projects in the state including the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train.
The bullet train project has faced stiff opposition from farmers and tribals whose lands are to be acquired.
Thackeray said that this government is of the common man adding that “Like you asked now, yes, we will review the bullet train project. Have I stayed the bullet train project like Aarey car shed? No, I haven’t,” Thackeray told reporters.
He further stated that the state government will also come out with a white paper on the financial condition of the state. “The state government, which has a debt of nearly Rs. five lakh crore, is firm on giving unconditional loan waivers to farmers,” said Thackeray.
Thackeray made the announcements the day after the Thackeray-led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government forged by the Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress more than a month after the election results were out won the trust vote in the state Assembly with the support of 169 legislators in the 288-member House.
He said that the priorities of the previous BJP-led government in the state – in which his party was a constituent – were not “misplaced” adding that there would be no vendetta in politics.