Mumbai: It doesn’t seem ‘all good’ between the Union Minister for Shipping, Nitin Gadkari, and the Indian Navy these days. Let us clear out the cause of the displeasure among the Union Minister and the Indian Navy. The matter is about a project for floating jetty at Malabar Hill in South Mumbai. The minister has planned a floating hotel and a seaplane service there, however, the Indian Navy has raised objections for the project in the Bombay High Court, to which, Bombay HC has stayed the project.
“I have come to know that the proposal for a floating jetty at Malabar Hill was stayed by the High Court due to the Navy’s objections. Where is the Navy at Malabar Hill? A mindset has developed to create roadblocks in projects,” said Nitin Gadkari at the foundation laying ceremony for International Cruise Terminal at Ballard Pier.
The minister didn’t stop his rage there, he continued, “Navy people had come to seek land for housing in South Mumbai. Why should I give land in South Mumbai? I will not give even an inch of land”. This in turn has seen flocks of furore among the people on internet. Commenting on Navy’s duty, Gadkari said, “Everyone wants to build quarters and flats on South Mumbai’s prime land. We do respect you (Navy), but you should go to Pakistan border and do patrolling,”.
When Gadkari was saying all this, the Western Naval Command’s chief vice admiral, Girish Luthra was present and was listening to the blunt remarks by the minister. The anger in the minister for Navy’s objections can be gazed by his sharp words chosen for the Indian Navy. He also commented that he chairs the committee for stalled infrastructure projects and that he clears off the project as soon as the agenda is read and understood. He said that navy should secure borders and need not interfere in such projects which are for the benefits of the local citizens. He said, “We are the Government. The Navy and the defence ministry are not the government”