I will not give even an inch of land.
"There is no Navy in Malabar Hill, they had no right to deny permission".
Gadkari was laying foundation stone of the International Cruise Terminal at Ballard Pier, he further said, we are in the power, not Navy or defence ministry, you bring the proposal before me.
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Union minister of shipping Nitin Gadkari on Thursday slammed the Indian Navy for what he said, creating obstacles for "development projects in Mumbai", including the plans for a floating jetty at Nariman Point and vowed not to give any land in South Mumbai to Naval projects henceforth.
The remark was made at a public event in Mumbai in the presence of Western Naval Command chief Vice Admiral Girish Luthra.
Claiming that stopping such developmental work has become a habit, Gadkari wondered what has the Navy got to do with the Malabar Hill area which is primarily a private residential zone also having official residences of Maharashtra governor and chief minister. "We do respect you (Navy), but you should go to the Pakistan border and do patrolling". The Congress leader said Gadkari's comments were damaging the morale of Navy officers. The ON had set up a committee under my chairmanship for infrastructure clearance.
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"This shows the misplaced priorities of the Modi government", Nirupam said in a statement.
The Congress. meanwhile, accused Gadkari of insulting the Navy.
The Maharashtra unit of the Congress today hit out at Union Minister Nitin Gadkari for "insulting the Indian Navy" and demanded an apology from him. "Pseudo-Nationalist BJP now wants to issue certificates of 'loyalty" to India's armed forces, ' he wrote on Twitter.
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"Actually, what does the Navy have to do with Malabar Hill (in south Mumbai) They should be guarding the borders of the country Why does everyone (in the Navy) want to stay in South Mumbai?"