The Chief Minister and Chairman, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), Devendra Fadnavis approved Rs. 3,832.30-crore budget for the year 2015-16, prioritising development of transport infrastructure.
The budget focuses on crucial projects such as Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP), Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro corridor, second phase of Monorail, flyovers, creek bridges, development of road network for the city as also the Metropolitan Region.
The construction of two flyovers and an elevated road at Chheda Nagar to rid the traffic chaos got the green signal from the authority. The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 249.29 crore.
Further, Rs. 1,005 crore has been allocated for the Mumbai Urban Transport Project-I and II. The various tasks undertaken hereunder are – development of 5th and 6th line between CST and Kurla, Mumbai Central to Borivli 6th line, extending Harbour line from Andheri to Goregaon, converting DC to AC, procurement of latest EMU rakes, maintenance and stabling of EMU rakes, strengthening of technical and institutional support, station area improvement etc.
“The intent is to provide easy, comfortable and congestion-free commute within the city and its metropolitan region”, said Fadnavis. “The Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro-3 corridor is crucial too as that will provide relief to the suburban commuters. Hence, we have allocated Rs.180 crore for the corridor.”
The authority has allocated Rs. 758.50 crore to the Extended Mumbai Urban Infrastructure Project, which includes widening and improvement of NH-8 Arnala-Virar-Shirsad, SH-35 Kalyan-Badlapur-Karjat-Hal Phata, SH-38 Karjat to Hal Phata, SH-43 Katai-Naka-Badlapur; construction of flyovers at Vanjarpatti, Rajnoli, Mankol, etc.
“We will continue to make provision of funds for crucial infra projects to be implemented in the metropolitan region, which includes flyovers, ROBs, creek bridges, road network etc. We are also seeking the final go-ahead for the implementation of the Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavli Metro corridor,” said UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA.