|Cabinet Minister, Government of Maharashtra |
5 December 2014 – 12 November 2019
|Minister||PWD (MSRDC, Public Undertaking), Public Health and Family Welfare|
|Chief Minister||Devendra Fadnavis|
|Member of Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra |
|Assumed office |
|Constituency||Kopri-Pachpakhadi Vidhan Sabha constituency|
Eknath Sambhaji Shinde
9 February 1964
|Political party||Shiv Sena|
Eknath Shinde; born 9 February 1964) Was The Cabinet Minister of PWD (MSRDC, Public Undertaking), Public Health and Family Welfare as well as the guardian minister of Thane district in Government Of Maharashtra and current Member of Legislative Assembly from Kopri-Pachpakhadi constituency of Thane, Maharashtra, India as a member of Shiv Sena. He has been elected consecutively for 4 terms in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for 2004, 2009, 2014 & 2019.
- 1 Family
- 2 Early life, Education and career
- 3 Positions Held
- 4 Political career
- 5 Performance in the Legislature
- 6 Selection of Leader of the Opposition
- 7 Ministerial Performance
- 8 Important Projects
- 9 Various measures to reduce accident on Mumbai-Pune speeding route
- 10 Minister of Health
- 11 Guardian Minister of Thane
- 12 After Anand Dighe ...
- 13 References
- 14 External links
His son Dr Shrikant Shinde, an orthopaedic surgeon got elected as a Member of Parliament to the Lok Sabha from the Kalyan constituency defeating the NCP's Anand Paranjape, who had defected from the Shiv Sena and Raju Patil of the MNS.
Early life, Education and career
Eknath Shinde hails from the mountainous Jawali taluka in Satara, Maharashtra. After coming to Thane city, he studied till 11th standard., from Mangala High School & Junior College, Thane and then started his early career as a small worker. He had to leave the education to earn the livelihood for his family. However, now he has been doing correspondence course to secure a degree in Bachelor of Arts (BA) and has completed the education till SYBA via Yashwantrao Chavan Open University, Maharashtra. While doing odd jobs early in his career, he came under the influence of Shivsena supremo Bal Thackeray and Shivsena's Thane District Chief Anand Dighe and joined Shivsena in 1980s. He is a resident of Thane's Wagle estate area.
- 1997 : Elected to Thane Municipal Corporation as corporator for the first time
- 2001 : Elected to the post of the leader of the house in Thane Municipal Corporation.
- 2002 : Elected to Thane Municipal Corporation for the second time
- 2004 : Elected to Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
- 2005 : Appointed as the Thane district head of Shiv Sena. First MLA to have been appointed at such a coveted post in the party
- 2009 : Elected to Maharashtra Legislative Assembly 
- 2014 : Elected to Maharashtra Legislative Assembly 
- October 2014 - December 2014: Leader of opposition Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
- 2014: Appointed as Cabinet Minister of PWD (PU) in Maharashtra State Government
- 2014: Appointed as Guardian minister of Thane District
- 2018 : Appointed as Leader of Shiv Sena Party 
- 2019: Cabinet Minister of Public Health and Family Welfare (Marathi: सार्वजनिक आरोग्य आणि कुटुंब कल्याण) in Maharashtra State Government 
- 2019 : Elected to Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for the fourth consecutive time
- 2019 : Elected as the leader of the legislative party of Shivsena
Like any other youth of Maharashtra from 1970s and 80s, Eknath Shinde too had a major influence of Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray. Additionally, he was also impressed by the working style of Shiv Sena's then Thane district president Shri Anand Dighe, who later came to be known as Dharmaveer Anand Dighe or Dighe Saheb. He joined Shiv Sena in 1980s and was appointed Shakha Pramukh of Kisan Nagar. Since then, he had been at the forefront of many agitations, undertaken by his party on social and political issues, such as inflation, black marketing, hoarding of essential commodities such as palm oil by traders etc. He also took part in Maharashtra-Karnataka Border agitation in 1985, in which he was imprisoned in Bellary jail for over 40 days.
His dedication and work got noticed and in 1997, he was given the opportunity to contest the election of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) as a corporator which he won with handsome majority. In 2001, he got elected as a Leader of the house in TMC. He continued to occupy the post till 2004. As a leader of the house in TMC, he didn't restrict himself to the issues related to the TMC or the city, but took active interest in the overall development and well-being of the whole Thane district.
In 2004, Eknath Shinde was given an opportunity to contest the Assembly Elections from Thane Assembly Constituency by Balasaheb Thackeray and he won the same with handsome majority. In the very next year, in 2005, he was appointed at the coveted post of Shiv Sena Thane District Head. He was the first MLA from Shiv Sena to have been appointed as The District Head as well.
He emerged victorious in the subsequent assembly elections in 2009, 2014 and 2019. After 2014 elections, he was elected as the leader of legislative party of Shiv Sena and subsequently the Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly. Within a month, as Shiv Sena decided to join the state government, he took oath as the minister for Public Works Department (Public Undertakings) and went on to take the additional responsibility of the Health and Family Welfare Ministry in January 2019.
Recently, he was elected as the leader of legislative party of Shiv Sena for the second consecutive term.
Performance in the Legislature
In the 10 years from year 2004 to 2014, as the MLA of the main Opposition party in the Legislative Assembly, Eknath Shinde consistently raised many important issues concerning the state in general and Thane in particular, the most prominent being The Cluster Development scheme for dilapidated illegal buildings in Thane and MMR, Thane Metro, a New Extended Thane Station between Thane and Mulund, Water Scarcity, coastal security of the state, Modernization of the Police Force, Inflation, increasing debt of the State etc. He delivered his scholarly speeches on many such topics. After the 9/11 attacks in Mumbai, the then Congress-NCP alliance government announced the modernization of police force and strengthening of maritime security. However, despite spending billions of rupees, maritime security was in shambles. Eknath Shinde proved that the government's announcement is only on paper.
He was instrumental in getting approved two very important projects for Thane city, namely Cluster Development and Thane Metro. There are thousands of illegal buildings in Thane which has now become dilapidated. Every year a few buildings collapse and innocent residents get killed for no fault of theirs. Eknath Shinde demanded the rehabilitation of lakhs of such residents by redeveloping their residential buildings. However, since there was no provision for the redevelopment of illegal structures, the government was not paying any heed to his repeated demands. He kept raising this issue on the floor of the house in sessions after sessions, organised long march from Thane to Mantralay on 3 October 2013 and gheroed the then Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavhan on the steps of the Assembly. As a result of this sustained efforts, the then government had to announce the cluster development scheme for the redevelopment of dilapidated illegal buildings and rehabilitation of lakhs of residents.
Likewise, the state government was ignoring the demand of Metro project connecting Thane to Mumbai. Instead, it announced metro projects for Pimpari-Chinchwad, Pune and Nagpur after the successful completion of first metro project in Mumbai. Shiv Sena MLAs from Thane under the leadership of Eknath Shinde opposed this move vehemently during assembly session and forced the government to sanction metro project for Thane. Today the work on Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane metro is in full swing.
Selection of Leader of the Opposition
Shiv Sena decided to sit in opposition after the assembly elections in 2014. Eknath Shinde was elected as the Leader of the Opposition in the state. A month later, as Shiv Sena decided to join the government, Eknath Shinde only got about a month as LOP. However, in such a short period of time, he made the government restless. There were droughts in some parts of the state at that time, and in some areas due to the rains and hailstorms, agriculture was severely damaged. Eknath Shinde toured every nook and corner of the state and brought to the notice of the government the horribal condition of farmers and the apathy of government machinery towards them. As a result, the government had to declare compensation.
- Minister of Public Works (Public Enerprises):
After the Shivsena decided to join the BJP-led government in the state in December, Eknath Shinde was given the responsibility of Minister of Public Works. He became the designated chairman of the Maharashtra State Roads Development Corporation (MSRDC) under the authority of this ministry.
- Revival of MSRDC:
MSRDC was created for the Mumbai-Pune Express Highway project under the concept of Shivsena chief Balasaheb Thackeray and to promote road development in the state. The ambitious project, which has changed the face of Pune through MSRDC, was the first expressway of the Mumbai-Pune Express Highway, two flyovers in Mumbai, and Bandra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai. However, after the Congress-NCP-led government came to power in the state in 1949, the MSRDC was consciously ignored in the politics of power. As a result, MSRDC was almost on death row when Eknath Shinde assumed charge of the department in the first year. It had a debt of six thousand crores on her head and no project was going on. In this case, Eknath Shinde started the revival of MSRDC. He expressed confidence that MSRDC would become the growth engine of the state's development. In just five years, he proved this to be true. Today, through MSRDC,there are many ambitious projects are in progress such as Nagpur-Mumbai Samrudhhi Highway, Nagpur-Mumbai Prosperity Highway, Mumbai-Pune Express Highway Capacity Extension, Third Bridge on Thane Bay at Vashi, Bandra-Versova Sea Link, six-laning and concretization of roads, 27 railway flypools in Vidarbha, A total of 1621 km of national highway roads. In addition, the planning of the ambitious projects like Thane-Borivli Subway, Versova-Virar Sea-Link, Gaymukh-Fountain hotel-Ghodbundar advanced route, is in the final stages.
- Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi Highway (Prosperity Corridor):
With travelling time between Nagpur to Mumbai set to be reduced to just six to eight hours from the present 14 hours, work on this 701 km ambitious project is in full swing. Around 20% of the work is completed and progressing ahead as per schedule. With many projects of such magnitude getting delayed mainly due to the land acquisition issues, Eknath Shinde as MSRDC minister, took initiative and had a direct dialogue with farmers across the state whose land was to be acquired for this project. This created the confidence among farmers. Not only the best compensation package was offered for the project (the highest till date in the country), but it was ensured that the money reached the bank accounts of the beneficiaries before they were asked to sign the documents. This eliminated the middlemen and the possibility of corrupt practices. Farmers were not needed to visit government offices repeatedly to get their rightful compensation. This helped to gain farmers faith and the obstacles to the project were removed.
The project will be directly beneficial for 10 districts, 26 Talukas and 392 villages. It will also bring indirect benefits to adjoining 14 districts by way of improved road connectivity. Along with the Highway, 20 agro prosperity nodes will be developed with emphasis Logistics, Food Processing and Hospitality which will lead to job creation. As agricultural goods reach the financial markets like Mumbai in a timely manner, the farmers will get good prices and exports will also be encouraged.
- Capacity augmentation of Mumbai-Pune Express way:
Mumbai-Pune Expressway reduced the distance between Mumbai and Pune to two & a half to three hours. The first express way in the country, conceived by the Shivsena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray during the first Sena-BJP government (1995–99), had brought the transformation of Pune from sleepy town of retirees to the vibrant megapolis of education institutes and service industry (IT). However, traffic congestion was becoming frequent problem in the Ghats, of late, as also the increasing rate of accidents.
Therefore, the capacity augmentation has been undertaken under the leadership of Eknath Shinde. 6.5 km long road between Khalapur-Khopoli interchange will be expanded to 8 lanes and a 10 km tunnel will be built between Khopoli exit and Kusgaon (Sinhgad Organization). The total length of this project is 19.80 km which would remove the ghat section, reduce the travel time by 20–25 minutes, eliminate the traffic congestion that presently take place in the Ghat section and also reduce the accidents. The work on this 6700 crores project is in full swing.
- Bandra-Versova Sea Link:
Bandra-Versova sea link is an important component of the Coastal Highway project planned on the west coast of Mumbai. Originally part of the multiple sea-links on the west coast, it was later included in the coastal project, envisaged by the Shivsena Party Chief Uddhav Thackeray. This 9 km long cable-stayed bridge will be completed by April 2024.
- Third Creek bridge at Vashi :
Sion-Panvel 10-way road is One of the busiest traffic route connected to Mumbai-Pune highway, which is reduced to just 6 lanes at Vashi creek bridge leading to heavy traffic congestion. Therefore, a third bridge parallel to the existing two bridges on the creek has been planned. to be built at the cost of Rs. 775 crores, the project has been received approval from Maharashtra Maritime Board, Railways, State CRZ and Wildlife Board. Approval of forest department for mangroves forest site is in progress and the total construction period is 3 years from the beginning of the work.
- Thane-Borivali Subway:
It takes minimum one to one and half hours to travel to Borivali from Thane by Ghodbandar Road. Traffic congestion not only wastes time and fuel but also it damages the environment. Therefore, Eknath Shinde presented the concept of Thane-Borivali Subway as an alternate route. Due to this 11 km road, the distance from Thane to Borivali can be crossed in just 10 minutes and traffic on Ghodbandar road will be reduced. Also, it will save time and fuel and reduce the pollution as well. Under this project, a 10 km tunnel will be constructed which start from Tikujiniwadi in Thane. Detailed project report of this project of approximately 8,500 crores is in the final stage.
- Shil-Kalyan Road Expansion:
Shil-Kalyan-Bhivandi is a very important road in the MMR region. Heavy vehicles transport from JNPT to Anhemdabad and Nashik, this route is inadequate to the current traffic. Therefore, it was decided to make this a 6-way road. This work will be done in 2 stages. To increase the life of road instead of traditional tarmac process concreting method will be used for new 6 lane roads, addition to that there will be flyovers at Manpada, Sonarpada and Badalapur junction. Work is expected to be completed by February 2021.
- Thane-Ghodbandar Unnat(Elevated) Road:
Ghodbandar Road is an important way which connects to Mumbai-Ahembdabad and Mumbai-Agra National Highways. But, due to Fountain Hotel to Gaymukh is only 4-way road, it has a huge traffic congestion problem. Since this area is under the authority of Forest Department, the option of advanced route was adopted considering the limitations of road widening. With the acquisition of the Forest Department, work on this project of about Rs. 700 crores will begin.
Various measures to reduce accident on Mumbai-Pune speeding route
- Placed metal beam crash barriers and wire rope barriers along the road and in the centre.
- Thermoplastic paint all over the highway and the Rambler where necessary.
- Over two thousand highlighted suggestions boards.
- Increased patrols through the Delta Force.
- CCTV and speed gun measures to ensure compliance with the speed limit.
- As a result, the accident was reduced. There were 151 casualties in the accident in 2016, the number was reduced to 110 in 2018.
- Implementation of the 'Zero Fitness Corridor' scheme in collaboration with the Save Life Foundation to reduce this ratio to zero.
- The Trauma Care Centre recently opened in Ozarde. Therefore, immediate help is available to the casualties.
- Similarly, protective nets, rock bolting and other measures were taken to ensure that the cracks do not fall off.
Minister of Health
Uddhav Thackeray handed over the responsibility of Health Minister to Eknath Shinde on January 2019, seeing his efficiency and aggression towards work. He received a maximum of seven to eight months as Health Minister. But, in such a short period of time, he made scathing decisions and put in place many pending subjects and tried to strengthen the Public Health System as well. He filled 890 positions of MBBS Doctors and Specialists. The demand for regularization of BAMS doctors, who are serving on contract basis through health teams in Countryside, Inaccessible remote areas and tribal regions was delayed for 10 years. Eknath Shinde decided to regularise these 738 doctors. Under the National Health Scheme, about 34000 contract workers in the state were serving poorly. Eknath shinde decided to pay them by the Minimum Wage Law. As per the law, now every contract worker has a salary of Rs. 15600 at least. He Raised the salaries of those who serve in the corners of the State. Eknath Shinde speeded up the procedure of starting up the dialysis centres in Sub-District hospitals by buying 102 dialysis machines to provide the convenience in the countryside and also speeded up the process of converting health centers into wellness centers. 1100 wellness centers are executed till date. The center has approved to convert More 5200 sub-centers into wellness centers. Through the doctors there will be immediate medical treatment for maternal and child health issues, teeth, eyes, diabetes, blood pressure and other diseases. Melghat pattern was created to reduce malnutrition. As Health Minister, Eknath Shinde, along with the entire health system, made a two-day visit to Melghat. Officers of the Tribal Development and Women and Child Development Department were also with him. For the first time in the history of the state, all such systems have come together to formulate a plan for malnutrition and have begun implementation. In order to get free treatment for poor patients, ‘Balasaheb Thackeray Aapla Dawakhana’, the scheme started with the concept of Eknath Shinde and the Central Government has approved 60 dispensaries. Also, the project has started by Eknath Shinde as Health Minister for the redevelopment of Thane District General Hospital. Also, a Mahavir Jain Hospital was started at Hajuri in Thane by a joint venture with the Thane Municipality and Jito, a service organization. It also introduced Cathlab and dialysis facilities. Eknath Shinde's contribution to the health index is the third largest state in the recent rankings announced by the NITI Aayog.
Guardian Minister of Thane
- Approval of cluster development, implementation process started:
The big question was the question of the millions of Thanekars who were caught in a dangerous illegal building in Thane. Every year, some buildings are collapsed and innocent people are being victimized. The only solution was the redevelopment of these buildings. But the government had no policy for the redevelopment of unauthorized buildings. Since being a councilor in such a situation, Eknath Shinde started the struggle to rehabilitate the residents of these buildings in safe houses. In 2004, After being the MLA, this struggle got more edge. Eknath Shinde called for a cluster plan for the rehabilitation of the residents of these dangerous unauthorized buildings, so that they could have a secure home. This question was consistently presented to the Legislature, using various parliamentary ordinances such as attention-grabbing, the issue of justification, the hour of questioning, the discussion under the Act. Under the guidance of party chief Uddhav Thackeray, a grand march from Thane to Ministry was organized on October 3, 2013. The Shivsena delegation, led by Uddhav Thackeray, met the Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and made a statement. As a result, in a budget session of 2014, Prithviraj Chavan announced the cluster plan on March 4, 2014. But There were numerous flaws in this plan of the Alliance government. After accepting the responsibility of Guardian Minister, Eknath Shinde repeatedly held meetings with the Principal Secretary for Urban Development, Principal Secretary, Housing, Thane Municipal Commissioner and overcame the flaws in the scheme. Although the buildings are unauthorized, the people in these buildings are only authorized and are living, Therefore, with the strong role that they must get their rightful land, he got the green signal from High court. Implementation of the scheme is underway for the Kisan Nagar area in Thane. The scheme will be implemented in the entire municipal corporation limits of Wagle Estate, Hazuri, Lokmanya Nagar, Rabodi, Kalwa, Mumbra, Diva. Up to Three lakh families in unauthorized buildings, i.e. at least 8 to 10 lakh Thanekars, will get a safe house rightfully. Under the cluster scheme, the green zones, public facilities will be increased and there will be ample roads to remove traffic congestion. The encroached lakes will also be breathing free. Residents of the official buildings participating in the scheme will also get 25 percent additional space in the scheme.
- Approval of new railway station between Thane and Mulund:
How the public interest project can be hindered by the conflicting roles of the two departments of the government itself, the extended Thane Station project is a good example. From last 15 years, Shivsena has been demanding that a new station be constructed at some of the total Psychiatric hospital in order to reduce the stress of the crowd. Approval of the railway and availability of land by the health department were two major obstacles. Shivsena's late MP Prakash Paranjpe and incumbent MP Rajan Vichare received railway approval from the central government by continuous follow ups. To get the land from the health department, Eknath Shinde addressed correspondence many times while being the MLA of the Opposition. This issue was repeatedly raised in the legislature through various parliamentary ordinances. But, the state health department was not ready to give land. Thane Municipal Corporation has agreed to give TDR to the Health Department in exchange for land. This project was put on the way by Meeting with Chief Minister Devendraji Fadnavis, Health Department Officers, Law Department Officers and Railway Officers, resolved all administrative issues. The project will reduce the stress on existing Thane stations and traffic in the area and benefit millions of travelers from Wagle Estate, Lokmanya Nagar, Vartaknagar and Ghodbunder area. A combined hub of Thane Metro, Railway, TMT will be constructed.
- Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane Metro:
After the implementation of the first metro project in Mumbai, the representatives of Shiv Sena led by Eknath Shinde demanded a metro project in Thane. However, despite repeated correspondence and constant demand in the Legislature, the alliance government announced that the Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and Nagpur metro would be overturned. Due to this, the Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane Metro project was approved by struggle with the state government. Eknath Shinde, as the guardian minister of the district, accelerated the project after the Shivsena-BJP coalition government came. Also, extending this metro route up to Kasarvadavli up to Gaimukh also created a separate metro route called Gaimukh-Mira Road. Work on that metro has also begun.
- Thane City Metro Project:
The state government has approved the project as well. The first phase is 29 km and will consist of 20 advanced stations and 3 underground stations. The new Thane Station-Wagle Estate-Lokmanya Nagar-Shivai Nagar-Hiranandani Meadows-Manpada-Waghbil-Brahmand-Kolshet-Balkum-Rabodi-Thane station is planned to be operational by January 2015.
- Kalyan-Thane-Mumbai Shipping (Water Transport):
Narendra Modi Government Decided to boost the Water Transport. Accordingly, taking advantage of the creeks in Thane district, Kalyan-Thane-Mumbai aviation demanded to reduce the traffic congestion on roads in Thane, Bhiwandi, Mumbra, Kalyan and Dombivali. Shivsena MP Dr. Shrikant Shinde and Rajan Vichare followed up with the Central Government. Eknath Shinde, as the Guardian Minister of the district, submitted a detailed outline of the project through the Thane Municipal Corporation to the Central Government. The first phase comprises Kalyan-Thane-Vasai, the second phase comprises Navi Mumbai and Mumbai. For the first phase, the central government has approved 650 crores. Like the passenger traffic, freight will also be there.
- Super Specialty Hospital in place of Thane District Hospital:
Thane District General Hospital is the base of millions of poor patients in Thane, Palghar and nearby Raigad district. The demand for construction of super specialty hospital in place of this hospital has been increasing for many years due to the prevalence of the building and facilities, and the increasing population. Due to lack of department like neurology, the patient who was hit in the head had to be sent to Mumbai. Because of their lack of immediate treatment, the risk of victimization was big. Facilities like dialysis, radiology were also lacking. Eknath Shinde, after becoming the guardian minister of Thane district, got approval for the super specialty project. After receiving the charge of Health Minister, he made the work even faster and now The actual work has begun.There will be a Super Sepciality Hospital of 574 beds instead of 336beds and 140 beds will be specially for Heart disease, diabetes, cancer, urinary diseases, etc. The Department of Neurology will be able to treat patients who have been hit in the head by accident. There will also be facilities for treatment for heart disease and cancer and The project also includes Multipurpose spacious halls and staff accommodation, Nursing College & Hostel, Hospital Training Centre.
- Satis Project at Thane Station East:
Due to the increased population of Kopri area in Thane East in the last few years increased traffic and the problem of traffic congestion in the station area. Due to this, station improvement project will be implemented on the west side of Thane also. Railways have approved the project and the Center has received a grant of 250 crores under the Smart City project. Under the project, the Thane station will have an elevated deck to the east and private vehicles and public transport will be separated. there will be a flyover, from the railway station to the Express Highway.
- The widening of the Kopri bridge:
After crossing the Tollnaka on the Express highway, there was a heavy traffic congestion for some years due to the narrow railway flyover at Kopri. Highway was of 8-way and Kopri bridge was only 4-way, so, for the widening of this bridge, Eknath shinde was striving as MLA. As Guardian Minister, he launched the project. The actual work has now begun through the MMRDA. The existing 4-way bridge will be 8-way and the project of approximately 300 crores will be completed in the next three years and will provide permanent relief from traffic congestion.
- Separate dam for Thane district:
Considering the increasing population of Thane city and district, Eknath Shinde was insistent that there should be a separate dam for the next 50 years. The Congress-NCP alliance government had started work on dams Shai and Kalu. But It was shut down due to allegations of corruption and violating environmental norms. Eknath Shinde revived the project after becoming the Guardian Minister. He received funding from MMRDA and accelerated the project to maintain the Kalu project. The MMRDA will give 259 crores to the forest department for the acquisition of 2500 acres of forest land and work will start once the land is acquired from the forest department.
- Additional water reservoirs in the Baravi Dam:
The lakhs of population of cities like Thane, Bhiwandi, Kalyan-Dombivali, Ulhasnagar, Badlapur, Mira-Bhayander are dependent on the water of Baravi dam. The height of the dam was increased for the availability of additional water resources. But Additional water resources could not be collected as the previous government did not resolve the issue of rehabilitation of the project victims. Since previous experience is not good, it was a challenging task to make the victims understand the project and gain their trust. As the Guardian Minister, Eknath Shinde made a strategic decision to accommodate one person belonging to the project affected family at every local self-government organization benefiting from the water of the Baravi at the District Planning Committee meeting. This decision was approved by the state government. They made Proper rehabilitation of project victims through MIDC. So this project went to completion. Due to this, there will be increased water supply to the urban areas of Thane district and the water shortage will be avoided.
After Anand Dighe ...
When Shivsena ended in Thane after the accidental death of Thane district chief Anand Dighe, Eknath Shinde worked to save Shivsena in the district. He supported the shivsainik who were looking towards their leadership. He became a great source of inspiration for them. After the appointment of Thane district chief, he kept the Shiv Sena not only united, but also strengthened Shivsena in whle Thane district. In 2017, under the leadership of Eknath Shinde, Shivsena got power in Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation, Ulhasnagar Municipality, Bhiwandi Municipal Corporation, Ambarnath Municipal Council, Badlapur Municipal Council as well.
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- "एकनाथ शिंदे, आनंदराव अडसूळ, अनंत गीते, चंद्रकांत खैरे, आदित्य ठाकरे यांची सेनेच्या नेतेपदी वर्णी".
| Cabinet Minister for Public Works (Undertakings);
| Maharashtra State Guardian Minister for Thane district