New Delhi: Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has upped the ante from the very first day of the Sena-NCP-Congress government. Commenting on Uddhav Thackeray’s decision to stop Aarey Metro Carshed work, the former CM said, “It’s unfortunate that the state government stayed AArey Metro Car shed work in spite of Hon Supreme Cpurt and Hon High court orders… the government is not serious about Mumbai infrastructure projects.”

“Such decision will demotivate investors to come forward in future,” he said.

Early in the day, Fadnavis criticised how the new government bypassed farm issues in the first cabinet meeting and instead chose to discuss how to prove majority.

On his first day in office, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday ordered to stop the metro shed work at Aarey Colony in Mumbai. He said that not a single leaf of Aarey will be shed until further notice.

“Metro work will not stop but till next decision, not a single leaf of Aarey will be cut,” Thackeray said while addressing a press conference.

“I am the first Chief Minister who was born in Mumbai. It is going on in my mind, what I can do for the city,” he added.

“I’m in mantralaya (state secretariat) for the first time. I just had a meeting with the secretaries and we introduced each other. I told them to use taxpayers money in the best way, and that it should not be wasted,” he further asserted.

arey colony, which is about 1,287 hectares and situated next to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, is often being termed as the “lungs of Mumbai”. Environmentalists had been protesting the decision by Mumbai’s civic body’s Tree Authority of constructing a car shed for Mumbai Metro at Aarey, which has more than five lakh trees.

The flashpoint began in October when Mumbai Metro authorities began a tree cutting drive, just hours after the Bombay High Court turned down a petition to put a stay on the felling of trees to construct a Metro shed at the site. In the plea, the petitioners had alleged that nearly 2,600 trees will be axed to come up with the Metro shed.