Mumbai: The Rs 900 crore redevelopment of MLA hostel Manora at Nariman Point has unleashed a war of words between the BJP and the Congress.
BJP MLA Atul Bhatkalkar has demanded an inquiry into the rise in construction cost by 66% from Rs 600 crore to Rs 900 crore in two years. “When the Fadnavis government awarded the contract to the National Building Construction Corporation, the cost was estimated at Rs 600 crore. It is alleged that the Rs 300 crore rise is for the final finish to the buildings. It smells of a scam,” said Bhatkalkar.
He criticised the Congress-NCP who have been critical of PM Narendra Modi’s Rs 20,000 crore Central Vista project and demanded scrapping of the project. Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant, on the other hand, said the project was approved by Fadnavis when the buildings could have easily been just repaired. The delay in reconstruction has already cost the government more than Rs 700 crore.