Massive Green Programme for ecological balance of the City and its Metropolitan Region by MMRDA

1-crore plantation to lead the Green Programme by MMRDA
MMRDA to establish “Central E-Waste Disposal Facility”
20K-crore Mono Rail network for Mumbai and its Region
Mumbai, August 26, 2010 – The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will initiate a massive Green Programme through the one-crore plantation and water harvesting for the ecological balance of the city and its metropolitan region. The decision was taken in the Authority’s 127th meeting, held today, headed by its Chairman and the Honourable Chief Minister of the State of Maharashtra Shri Ashok Chavan. The Authority took yet another decision, keeping in tune with the decision to develop Green Programme, to establish “Central E-Waste Disposal Facility” in the metropolitan region. The Authority also decided to develop a Mono Rail network for Mumbai and its metropolitan region worth rupees 20,000 crores. The Authority was also informed that all the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) for the six Metro Rail corridors, to be developed in the second and third phase, will be ready by September 2010.

“The ever growing need for the infrastructure development necessitates the development of a green cover for the city and its region. There is an urgent requirement to arrest the loss of ecological balance while we yearn for urbanization. The Green Programme is, therefore, a relevant step and we will achieve it for our next generations”, said the Honourable Chief Minister Mr.Ashok Chavan.

“Our effort would be to turn this initiative into a people’s movement, for, this is an initiative for the benefit of each living being. We will also approach the corporate houses to step forward and treat this as their corporate social accountability”, said Mr.Ratnakar Gaikwad, Metropolitan Commissioner.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority will, under the Programme, undertake various activities to achieve its objective. Inclusion of State Government Offices, Schools, Colleges, Corporate Houses, non-governmental organizations besides identifying open spaces and seeking help from technical advisors and expert institutions would be few of the initiatives to make the Green Programme greener! The MMRDA has already initiated the one-crore plantation programme on the Independence Day and has planted more than 10,000 trees. The water harvesting will complement the plantation.
The Authority, today, arrived at yet another crucial decision to establish a “Central E-Waste Disposal Facility” in the metropolitan region. The decision has been taken in the wake of the present scenario which is only threatening, to say the least. The State of Maharashtra tops the list of States generating e-waste. Maharashtra generates e-waste to the tune of 20,270 tonnes annually and the city of Mumbai generates 11,017 tonnes of e-waste every year.
“It is pertinent to note that the disposal of e-waste is being handled today in a very crude manner. Presently, we are damaging the environment with a poor recycling efficiency and above all, endangering the life of the poor workers who are ignorant of the occupational hazards”, said Mr.Chavan.
The plastic from the computers, printers, keyboards etc. are shredded and melted to be reutilized as poor grade plastic. The process emits brominated dioxins and hydrocarbons. Similarly, the computer wires are also openly burnt to recover copper and miscellaneous parts enveloped in rubber or plastic are also burnt to recover steel and other metals. This process generates ash which contains hydrocarbon and pollutes air, water and soil. Such processes not only render the soil dead but also destroy fish and flora when the ashes and other toxic fumes join water.
M/s.Lea Associates, South Asia Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, were assigned the job of preparing a comprehensive Mono Rail corridor plan for the city of Mumbai and its metropolitan region keeping in mind the projected travel demands in the year 2021 and 2031. While the company was expected to draw up a Mono Rail corridor plan considering the travel habits, main centers, developing growth centers, regions potential enough for redevelopment etc., it was also expected to advise as to how to generate funds and whether to adopt cash contract mode or a PPP mode for the development of the Mono Rail corridor plan. The plan submitted by M/s.Lea Associates suggested seven following corridors –
Sr.No.Mono Rail CorridorIn kms
1. Mulund – Borivli30.00
2. Virar Railway Station – Chikhaldongri Rental Housing Scheme04.60
3. Lokhandwala – Seepz – Kanjurmarg13.14
4. Thane/Naupada – Mira Bhayendar – Dahisar24.25
5. Kalyan – Ulhasnagar – Dombivli26.40
6. Chembur – Ghatkopar – Koperkhairane15.72
7. Mahape – Shil Phata – Kalyan21.10
Total Network135.21

The plan submitted by M/s. Lea Associates also says that the cost of constructing elevated Mono Rail Corridor would be about rupees 139 crores per km. It further elaborates that the cost of constructing elevated Mono Rail Corridor over the creek/mud flats/mangrove areas would be abut rupees 556 crores per km. It is pertinent to note that only a small part – 3.6 km – from out of the Chembur-Ghatkopar-Koperkhairane route passes through the creek/mud flats/mangrove area. The company, while arriving at these cost estimates, took into account various aspects such as alignment, station building, depots/ switches and crossings, traction and power supply, signaling, electrification, communications and security systems, rolling stock, automatic fare collection systems, system integration and testing, taxes, feasibility studies, engineering and construction supervision, approximate estimates of land and resettlement and rehabilitation etc.

The costs and the projected foot falls for the seven Mono Rail routes are –
Sr.No.Mono Rail CorridorCost in CroresProjected Daily Commuters
In 2016Projected Daily Commuters
In 2021
1. Mulund – Goregaon – Borivli4,170.006,54,1657,35,165
2. Virar Railway Station – Chikhaldongri Rental Housing Scheme6,39.901,83,6012,23,448
3. Lokhandwala – Seepz – Kanjurmarg1,826.504,34,4604,74,547
4. Thane/Naupada – Mira Bhayendar –Dahisar3,370.804,59,2225,68,726
5. Kalyan – Ulhasnagar – Dombivli3,669.603,54,1084,26,994
6. Chembur – Ghatkopar – Koperkhairane3,686.304,57,0595,21,871
7. Mahape – Shil Phata – Kalyan2,932.902,53,4982,94,357

The Authority was also informed that, while the Detail Project Reports (DPRs) for the Metro Rail corridors running from Charkop to Dahisar (9 km), Andheri-E to Dahisar-E (16 km), Ghatkopar to Mulund (12.5 km) and Hutatma Chowk to Ghatkopar (22 km) will be ready by end August 2010, the DPR for the Bandra-Kurla Complex to Kanjurmarg via Airport (19.5) corridor will be ready by end September 2010. The DPR for Metro Rail corridor from Siddhivinayak to Sewri (3.5 km) is already prepared and submitted to the MMRDA.

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