In the midst of the Arey forest controversy over the metro car shed here for line-3 trains, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday removed Ashwini Bhide from the post of Managing Director of Mumbai Metro Rail Organization (MMRC). Bhide will be replaced by Ranjit Singh Deol who is right now serving as the Vice-Chairman and MD of Maharashtra state road transport corporation. The reshuffle comes after a week after the Maharashtra government transferred 22 IAS officers.

In the last week, Bhide was lifted to the post of principal secretary. Amid the reshuffle, she has not been given any other charge. Aditya Thackeray, who is additionally the Maharashtra tourism and environment minister, had sought Bhide’s transfer last year requesting the felling of trees at the Aarey colony.

The corporation is executing the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 corridor. Bhide’s defense of the metro shed had drawn flak from activists as well as political parties. An IAS officer of 1988 batch, Bhide was very active on social media and used to post the progress of 33 km metro corridor. The organization is executing the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 corridor. Bhide’s protection of the metro shed had drawn fire from activists as well as political parties.

The BJP-led Maharashtra government’s plan to cut almost 2,700 trees in Aarey Colony in north Mumbai for car shed of the metro had green activists and citizens’ group up within the arms. Bhide had said that it was not conceivable to construct the car shed anywhere else as recommended by green activists.

Aaditya Thackeray, the Minister in the State Government said that the concerned officer isn’t as it was disrespecting the chosen agents and citizens of Mumbai but her explanations too appear to debilitate the common man and the courts. In November, Thackeray had declared a stay on the development of the car shed.

A release from MMRC as of late specified that 100 percent tunnelling work of the project will be completed by September this year. The Corporation may complete a total 70 percent of the civil work and get the primary rolling stock by December 2020, MMRC said in an articulation. Right now, more than 70 percent of the burrowing work over the 33 km project has been completed.

Credits : PTI & Money Control