By Accommodation Times Bureau
The Authority, in the year 2018, has undertaken many mega infrastructure projects and the paved way forward towards completing them on a war footing.
The two Metro corridors – 18.5-km Dahisar-W to DN Nagar Metro-2A (Rs 6,410 crore) and 16.5-km Andheri-E to Dahisar-E Metro-7 Corridor (Rs 6,208 crore) – are being implemented on a war footing. Both projects are looking at completion of civil construction in 2019.
The Authority has also begun the construction of the 23.5-km DN Nagar to Mankhurd Metro- 2B (Rs10,986 crore) and 32-km Wadala-Ghatkopar-Mulund-Thane-Kasarvadavali Metro-4 Corridor (Rs14,549 crore). The work on 14.5-km Swami Samarth Nagar-Jogeshwari- Kanjurmarg-Vikhroli Metro-6 corridor (Rs 6,672 crore) has also started this year.
Very recently, The Authority approved Detail Project Reports (DPRs) for Gaimukh to Shivaji Chowk (Mira Road) Metro-10 (Rs 4,476/- crore), Wadala to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Metro-11 (Rs 8,739 crore) and Kalyan-Taloja Metro-12 (Rs 4,132/- crore) corridors. All the three DPRs will now be recommended to the State Government for approval.
The establishment of Mumbai Metro Operation Corporation Ltd. is another step forward as the State expects to throw open Andheri (East) to Dahisar (East) Metro-7 and Dahisar to DN Nagar Metro-2A corridors next year. The Corporation will be an autonomous body and will deal with operation and maintenance of Metro Lines as also Monorail. In addition, the decision to create more than 1,000 posts has also been taken.
The crucial decision of establishing Project Implementation Unit (PIU) to implement the Multi-Modal Navghar to Belavli corridor was taken in view of the various daunting tasks, such as land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation of the project affected families, appointment of contractors, handling legal hassles, coordination with different state and central government entities for various permissions, security arrangement etc.
The Authority also appointed MMRDA as the Special Planning Authority for the Mumbai University’s Kalina Campus. MMRDA is constructing two roads, A 2-km long elevated road connecting BKC and Hans Bhugra marg and the other 690-meter road to facilitate entry/exit from and to Bandra-Kurla Complex, which construction will require some land owned by the University.
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 20 natural sites in the MMR, several of them relatively unknown and neglected.
The Authority further widened its region by including the entire Palghar Taluka, the remaining region of Vasai Taluka, Alibaug, Pen, Panvel and Khalapur in Raigad District in the MMRDA’s jurisdiction. This decision will help develop these regions in a planned way. “These areas have tremendous development potential and prone to fast unplanned growth if left as it is. This decision will now see these regions not only develop in a planned manner but also sustain the development on its own”, said the Chief Minister. There will be an emphasis on the development of “Growth Centers”, which will work as a catalyst for the development of the region.
MMRDA, in the month of September 2018, successfully restarted the first phase of Monorail from Chembur to Wadala and will start operations of the second phase in the next year.
MMRDA successfully conducted the bid process and received lowest quotes for coaches, lifts, escalators and auto fare collection machines.
This year the Authority inaugurated 1.4-km Ghansoli-Talavli flyover and a 575-m long flyover from Savita Chemicals towards Belapur. The Bhoomipujan for the 796-m ROB at Kopri, Thane; and 3.5-km Road connecting Thane-Belapur Road was also performed.
Besides Metro-2A & 7 MMRDA is looking at completing many other projects in 2019:
After taking over the operations of the Monorail, MMRDA has been running it quite successfully and is now aiming completion of phase-2 of Monorail. MMRDA, in the larger public interest, has terminated the contract with M/s. LTSE for their failure to perform and fulfil contractual obligations, in turn, causing great inconvenience to the Monorail commuters. The Monorail is expected to carry many number of commuters daily once the second phase from Wadala to Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk is commissioned.
Nearer home, MMRDA is keen to introduce smart parking in the Bandra-Kurla Complex with the help of RTO and Traffic Police. There will be parking patrolling vans operating within the complex to deter illegal parking which invariably causes traffic chaos in the peak hours.
There are three more projects that MMRDA has vowed to complete in 2019. The first is 1.6-km long Bandra-Kurla-Chunabhatti (EEH connector) of which the estimated cost is Rs.156 crore. This Connector crosses Mithi, LBS Road, Central and Harbour Rail tracks to help motorists save 30 minutes and 3-km drive. Motorists will be able to avoid traffic congestion and pollution in the Sion-Dharavi area. Then there are two flyovers (Estimated cost Rs.163 crore) and a road coming up to clear BKC Junction. The total length of the two flyovers – one from BKC to the Sea Link and two Sea Link to BKC is 1,888 meters. Also planned is a 300-meter long and 12 feet wide road running through the government land to streamline traffic from Dharavi to Sea Link.