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SUFI Meets Shri. Nitin Gadkari, over “Eastern Waterfront Development”

Mumbai, June 02nd 2017: In a meeting held yesterday, a delegate of Steel Users Federation of India (SUFI) met Shri. Nitin Gadkari, Honorable Minister of Transport and Shipping, at his office in New Delhi. The agenda was to discuss eviction notices issued to lease holders of innumerable establishments of steel traders on MbPT (Mumbai Port Trust) leasehold land. The notice is issued under government scheme of Eastern Waterfront development.

The delegation was lead by Shri Mohan Gurnani, Director (SUFI) and Chairman (CAMIT), Shri Anish Valia, Treasurer of SUFI, Shri Nilesh Juthani, committee member of SUFI and various office bearers of DISMA, BIMA, BME and Steel Chamber Of India.

Emphasising the worries of the traders, Mr. Nikunj Turakhia, President of SUFI said, “Most of the steel traders in the MbPT belong there from three generations or more. The scheme has created anxiety for the commerce that is established on decades of goodwill and community set-up. That said, we are thankful and content with the Honorable Minister’s assurance and his consideration to our plea.”

Shri. Nitin Gadkari has assured SUFI that the existing occupants will not be disturbed and evicted but a scheme shall be worked out. Stressing over the importance and necessity of trade for the economic development of Nation and MbPT, he further added that traders will be relocated in MbPT area itself and revised rent at subsidized rates will be applicable to the genuine and original stakeholders / tenants of BPT. He also assured that utmost care will be taken while executing the new development plan so that no trade or trader will suffer any business loss. The new development plan is yet to be submitted and approved by PMO.

Under the eastern waterfront project, the MbPT aims to develop 500 hectares between Wadala and Ferry Wharf. The project will include development of land for housing, educational amenities and develop the eastern seafront for tourism by creating marinas, promenades, public parks and cycling tracks, among others. Consultants have been appointed to draft the master plan.

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