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'Go to Pakistan border, won't give an inch of land in South Mumbai', says Union minister Nitin Gadkari while blasting Navy
Union minister Nitin Gadkari held no bars when he went on to criticise the Indian Navy for putting its foot down on his plans to build a jetty in Mumbai.

While speaking at a function organised for laying the foundation of an international cruise terminal at Mumbai Port Trust, he even said that Navy officials had come to him asking for a plot of land.

“I will not give even an inch of land. Please don’t come to me again,” Gadkari said. He also said that the Navy officials should not think about residing in South Mumbai but should instead be at the borders “from where terrorists sneak in”. Senior Naval officers were present at the function.

Gadkari seems to have been upset as the Navy said a strict no to his plans of building a floating jetty at Malabar Hill in south Mumbai. Gadkari had planned a floating hotel and seaplane service from the jetty.

Navy had denied the permission citing security reasons and the case had reached the Bombay High Court which denied the permission as the private company that was involved in the construction did not have a no-objection certificate from the Navy. The company has plans to build five star floating hotels in the Arabian Sea and would use the jetty to ferry the passengers.

The High Court had initially appointed a committee to look into Rashmi Developments’ case but the committee had rejected the proposal. The firm then challenged the denial claiming that the rejection was based on flimsy grounds. But the High Court rejected the firm’s petition and denied the permission to build the jetty. Incidentally, the jetty was planned just two nautical miles off Raj Bhavan, thus increasing security concerns.

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