By Accommodation Times News Services
As Mumbaikars prepare to ring in the new year, they will remember 2014 for substantial improvement in the integrated infrastructure of the city with Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), the premier body planning and executing strategic projects to improve the quality of life in the metropolis, delivering infrastructure projects worth Rs.5955 crore.
During the course of the year, India’s first monorail project, connecting 8.93 km of Chembur-Wadala corridor, worth Rs.1,200 crore and Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar metro rail project costing Rs.2,365 crore were commissioned. The other vital infrastructure projects delivered during the year included 17-km Eastern Freeway, built with a cost of Rs.1463.87 crore; 3.5-Km Santacruz-Chembur Link Road constructed with a cost of Rs.428 crore; 1096-meter long flyover at Amar Mahal Junction worth Rs.76 crore; 2-km Sahar Elevated Road worth Rs.400 crore and south-bound arm of Kherwadi flyover worth Rs.21.96 crore.
The Authority has also approved projects to the tune of Rs.69,425 crore to ramp up the infrastructure of the country’s financial capital in near future. These include 33.5-km Colaba-Bandra-Seepz (CBZ) Metro corridor project worth Rs.24,340 crore, 40-km long Dahisar-Charkop-Bandra-
The Authority also approved four flyovers at Bandra-Kurla Junction and a Bandra-Kurla-Chunabhatti (EEH) connector with a cost of Rs.227 crore and Rs.156 crore respectively to ease traffic in Bandra-Kurla Complex further.
In order to spruce up the transport infrastructure, MMRDA is presently executing projects worth Rs.22,816 crore. The MMRDA will take up 22-km Mumbai Trans Harbour Link project estimated to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.9,630 crore and Phase-I of Virar-Alibaug Multi Modal Corridor with at a cost of Rs.9,326 crore.
Besides these, the Authority is also implementing 10.24-km of Wadala-Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk Mono Corridor (Phase-II) with an estimated cost of Rs.1,260 crore and Extended Mumbai Urban Infrastructure Project worth Rs.2,600 crore. The extended MUIP projects include development of 275 km long road network, 14 flyovers, three creek bridges and two Road Over Bridges.