Friday, March 1, 2024

“World’s biggest TDR scam”: Opposition’s mass rally against Dharavi Project contract with Adani Group

The Shiv Sena (UBT), Indian National Congress, NCP (Sharad Pawar faction), and left parties organized a large rally in Mumbai’s Dharavi against the Adani Group, protesting the Eknath Shinde government’s alleged favouritism towards it in awarding a project to redevelop Dharavi, one of Asia’s largest slums.

The foot march from Dharavi concluded at the Bandra Kurla Complex, the site of Adani Realty’s Mumbai office.

The SPV Adani Properties, led by Gautam Adani’s group, secured the bid for the Dharavi Redevelopment Project, intending to transform one of the world’s largest slum localities.

Addressing the rally, Shiv Sena (UBT) chief and former Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray called the Dharavi Redevelopment Project (DRP) the world’s biggest Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) scam.

Thackeray said, “While you may have the paper, pen, and office, remember, we hold the roads.”

Pointing out the rally’s location at the Securities and Exchange Board of India headquarters, he emphasized, “(Gautam) Adani and people behind him must see the crowd.”

Thackeray expressed his perplexity, stating, “I fail to understand… You say anything against Adani, the response does not come from Adani (Group) but the BJP.”

Former CM demanded that residents of Dharavi must get 500 square-feet houses within the Dharavi enclave and not on the railway land, which is on rental basis.

“Not only Dharavi residents but police, sanitary workers and mill workers should also get houses in Dharavi. I am not against development but this is the biggest TDR scam of the world. Adani is getting TDR of Rs 1 crore, which means his next generations can also live peacefully without working. So much is the TDR that the government is gifting them. But we will not let that happen,” he said.

Varsha Gaikwad, Mumbai Congress chief and local MLA, who recently claimed in the assembly that the Adani Group had enlisted former police officers to compel slum dwellers to evacuate their homes, participated in the rally.

Peasants and Workers Party (PWP) leaders and NCP (Sharad Pawar faction) functionaries were also part of the rally.

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