By Accommodation Times Bureau
The Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis launched the new MMRDA which will be indicative of the nature of varied projects the Authority has been implementing in the recent past. “The change in Logo was pertinent in the wake of the changed and enhanced scope of work undertaken by MMRDA over a period of time. It conveys the varied development activities MMRDA undertakes today and the way forward the Authority has planned”, CM said.
The Chief Minister, today, also launched the Green Policy developed by MMRDA for metro lines. The Policy will help optimize energy consumption right from the planning stage. Some of the key initiatives taken in this pursuit are – Developing Green Metro Stations by using 100% LED base smart lighting, Optimizing air-conditioning load by using energy efficient systems. Use of Occupancy sensors to optimize lighting load, Harvesting Natural light to supplement station/depot lighting, Solarisation of all Elevated stations, Car Depots & Control centre and using Green technology in Rolling Stock. In recognition of the green initiatives adopted by MMRDA for its metro network, ‘The Indian Green Building Council in association with CII’ has issued certificate registering “52 elevated metro stations” planned for Metro Lines 2A, 2B and 7 under IGBC Green MRTS rating. This implies that MMRDA will get ‘Green Certification’ for all its stations on completion of works.
The Chief Minister also released a series of heritage circuit maps covering heritage properties (built/natural) within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). The task was commissioned by the MMR-Heritage Conservation Society. These maps represent perhaps the first such attempt to record and make accessible to the public heritage properties and natural sites in the MMR, several of them relatively unknown and neglected.
“The heritage trails identified in the maps are best explored through short walks while some longer routes are ideal for cycling. The maps have been designed in a user-friendly foldable format with a view to render them easy-to-carry and refer to while on the trails. Four maps cover parts of Greater Mumbai including Fort, Mumbadevi, Byculla and Bandra while five maps cover the heritage of other areas and cities in the MMR including Thane, Kalyan, Vasai-Virar, Matheran and Pen-Alibag”, said R. A. Rajeev, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA.
“Invariably covering heritage precincts as well, the maps are also diverse, ranging from the Mumbadevi maps which cover areas of interest from bazaars, food gullies to the Matheran- Sahyadri map which includes a trekking map of the Sahyadris. In the near future, the Society is also planning to produce a series of guidebooks to supplement these heritage maps”, he added.
Fadnavis, during his visit to MMRDA, also inaugurated the “War-Room and Innovation Center” established by MMRDA much on the guidelines of a war-room that is set up in Mantralaya by himself. War Room’s need was felt by the Metropolitan Commissioner keeping in mind the large number of projects undertaken by MMRDA. The War-Room will be busy not only to streamline mega projects, discuss and take quick decisions with regard to any and all emergencies, it will also undertake critical research activities to pave the way towards “total development” of the city and its metropolitan region.