Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Bala saheb speakes.
In an interview to his party mouthpiece, Saamna, Shiv Sena supreme Bal Thackeray has advocated that a certain quota of homes in new construction should be reserved for Maharashtrians in Mumbai. It is a reaction to the Maharashtra Government's doing away with the Land Ceiling Act, opening up more space in Mumbai for real estate development.
Sena supreme’s concern is that Marathi Manoos or the average Maharashtrians may end up being marginalised in Mumbai after the repeal of the Urban Land Ceiling Act (ULCA) as a result of soaring real estate prices.
Thackeray's comments come on the back of his scathing attack on non-Maharashtrians, asking for permits to be issued to those working in Mumbai.
Thackeray said, "In the towers that are going to come up in Mumbai, allocation for Maharashtrians should not be ten or twenty percent but about fifty percent.
Otherwise, we won’t even allow a brick to be put in place. Builders should give a written undertaking to this effect, with a clear mention about the space allocation to Maharashtrians. We are not specifying how much area should be allocated but it should be enough to allow for comfortable living."