Chief Minister suggests 2013-deadline for MMRDA’s development projects

Ashok Chavan, Chief Minister of the State and Ratnakar Gaikwad, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA
Ashok Chavan, Chief Minister of the State and Ratnakar Gaikwad, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA

Mr. Ashok Chavan, Chief Minister of the State, has suggested a 2013 deadline to all development projects, worth rupees one lakh thirteen thousand crores that are being implemented by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). The Chief Minister has also asked the Authority to concentrate on beautification projects for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. He was speaking at the meeting, held in Bandra-Kurla Complex, to review various projects taken up by the Authority.

Mr. Ratnakar Gaikwad, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, during his detailed presentation to the Chief Minister, highlighted various projects such as Mumbai Urban Infrastructure Project, Mumbai Urban Transport Project, Mithi River Development Project, Resettlement and Rehabilitation Project, Nirmal Abhiyan Project, Marine Drive Beautification Project, Nariman Point Beautification and redevelopment project.

The Mumbai Urban Infrastructure Project required removal of 14,394 encroachments. However, the Authority resettled all these families at different locations in the city. The project included development of 131 k.m.long roads, construction of 270 k.m.long storm water drains and construction of 17 FOBs.

The Authority has also completed construction of 4 out of 14 flyovers in the city and its suburbs. Mr. Gaikwad informed the Chief Minister that the work of remaining unfinished 10 flyovers will also be completed by December 2010.

Mithi River Development Project included widening and deepening of the river. In this respect effective work was carried out in the first phase and now the carrying and holding capacity of the river has been doubled. Should there be another 26th July; Mr. Gaikwad made it clear that the water will recede in four hours instead of 24 hours. The Chief Minister then suggested the Metropolitan Commissioner to make such long term plans that the river water is kept clean and potable and could be used as another water resource in future. He also suggested that Mr. J.P.Dange, the Chief Secretary, to meet the Airport Authority and help solve the issues related to widening of Mithi River within the Airport jurisdiction.

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