Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister and Chairman of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), Devendra Fadnavis, during the 142nd Authority meeting on Wednesday approved Rs 6,976.50 crore budget for the year 2017-18 presented by MMRDA. The budget clearly highlights the intent of the State as it spares large sums to projects such as Metro corridors, Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, Monorail Phase-II, development of Mumbai Metropolitan Region with flyovers, creek bridges and road network and development of water resources besides prioritising the Bandra-Kurla Complex to improve its connectivity and infrastructure.
MMRDA has spared Rs1,000 crore each for the Dahisar to DN Nagar Metro-2A corridor (18.5-km, 17 stations, Rs 6,410 crore) and the Andheri (East) to Dahisar (East) Metro-7 corridor (16.5-km, 14 stations, Rs.6,208 crore). The Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro-3 corridor has received Rs 800 crore boost and DN Nagar to Mandale Metro-2B (23.5-km, 22 stations, Rs.10,986 crore) and Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavli Metro-4 corridors (32-km, 32 stations, Rs.14,549 crore) have received Rs.200 crore each. The recently approved Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro-5 (24-km, 17 stations, Rs 8,416 crore) and Swami Samarth Nagar-JVLR-SEEPZ-Vikhroli Metro-6 corridors (14.5-km, 13 stations, Rs 6,672 crore) have been given a token grant of Rs 5 crore each.
Likewise, the second phase of the Monorail corridor running from Wadala to Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk has also received Rs 208-crore boost, which is expected to run this year. On completion, the entire 20-km Chembur-Wadala-Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk will prove to be very helpful reaching commuters to areas that are not connected by rail based transport.
The provision of Rs1,200-crore has paved way for the speedy implementation of the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link project (22-km, Rs.17,843 crore). The Link will provide direct access to Navi Mumbai, new International Airport and will be a convenient gateway to Mumbai-Pune Expressway and further to Southern India. The Link will also help develop the main land.
The MMRDA further allocated Rs700-crore for the development of Mumbai Metropolitan Region and the road network therein. The development of flyovers, creek bridges and road network will certainly provide excellent connectivity with the city of Mumbai as also other areas.
“I want to ensure that any one should be able to reach anywhere in one hour and the commute must be easy, comfortable and congestion-free”, said Fadnavis. “The Metro corridors are the future of this city. The Mumbaikars should feel proud to use public transport rather than private vehicles. Use of public transport saves time, fuel and also improves environment”, said Fadnavis.
“The immense potential of the metropolitan region has attracted an allocation of Rs.700 crore. The region is full of opportunities and is attracting people, in turn, requiring infrastructure development on the whole. The Authority has been implementing various projects in this region like flyovers, ROBs, creek bridges and road network to develop the region”, said UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA.
The Authority has made provision of Rs 75-crore for the improvement of Bandra-Kurla Complex. The MMRDA has also made a provision (Rs 50 crore) for the construction of an elevated road extending the Santacruz-Chembur Link Road up to Vakola bridge on the Western Express Highway.
Similarly, two flyovers and an elevated road will be constructed, for which a provision of Rs 20 crore has been made in the budge, at Chheda Nagar to rid the traffic chaos that is being created by the innumerable vehicles assimilating at Chheda Nagar from the Santacruz-Chembur Link Road and the Eastern Freeway. There will be a 680-meter long and 3-lane wide flyover from Sion towards Thane running parallel to the existing 3-lane flyover. Another 1240-meter long 2-lane flyover will run from above the existing Chheda Nagar flyover and carry the traffic coming from Navi Mumbai towards Thane. There will be a 650-meter long and 2-lane elevated road to connect the existing Chheda Nagar flyover with Amar Mahal Junction flyover. The estimated cost of the project is Rs.249 crore.
The Authority has further allocated Rs.300 crore for the development of water resources. The 403 MLD Surya Regional Water Supply Scheme has been undertaken to provide bulk water supply to Mira-Bhayandar and Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporations as also the Rental Housing Scheme and villages in the western sub region of MMR. The project entails of collecting water from Surya Dam, treating the same at Surya Nagar and distributing it by laying 88-km long pipeline. The estimated cost of the project is Rs.1,611 crore and the implementation will begin this year.
Another significant budgetary provision of Rs50-crore has been made for the grand memorial of Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar. The Memorial will come up on Indu Mill’s 4.84 Hectares of land and will comprise of a Commemorative Stupa, Auditorium, Assembly hall, Museum, Library, Landscape Garden, Parking spaces, etc.