State has issued notification for acquisition of Maheshwar Temple plot in Asalpha area that had been acting as a roadblock for the completion of VAG corridor
The issue of acquisition of a 310 sq m plot of Maheshwar Temple in Asalpha area at Ghatkopar that had been acting as a hurdle for the completion of Phase I of the Metro rail project -- Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (VAG) corridor -- is likely to be resolved by January-end.
Deconstruct: Last year, MMRDA officials had visited the temple for
razing its compound wall, so that a pillar could be constructed adjacent to
the holy edifice. Pic/Sameer Markande
A senior MMRDA official said, "The government has already issued a notification for acquisition of the 310 sq m plot of Maheshwar Temple in Asalpha area. Now, as the notification is out, we expect to acquire the plot by end of this month, following which construction at the site will commence in full swing."
The state initiated the process of land acquisition after talks between MMRDA and temple authorities failed. "We will require the space adjacent to the mandir for the construction of Asalpha station," said the official.
In March 2011, MMRDA officials had visited the temple for razing its compound wall, so that a pillar could be constructed adjacent to the holy edifice. However, the temple authorities joined hands with the locals and opposed the move.
Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) along with MMRDA is constructing the 11.07-km long VAG corridor.
According to the sources, the VAG corridor is already behind schedule and MMRDA has said that it will be completing the project by the year-end.