By Accommodation Times News Services
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated the new iconic administrative building of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) which is situated behind the old building in the Bandra-Kurla Complex. The building finally got completed after missing four deadlines, since December 2012. Due to missing the deadline of the project four times the cost of the project escalated to Rs. 106 crore from Rs. 87 crore.
The information was revealed in an RTI query filed by activist Galgali, he said, “the cost of the project increased due to the delay in completion of the constructing the building and state government had to spend additional amount of Rs. 19 crore in the project.”
In its reply MMRDA stated that the delay occurred as BMC and environment department delayed in issuing No Objection Certificate (NOC), also there were some changes in the actual plan.
The new 9-storey stylish building is equipped with many a facility such as modern auditorium, board rooms, two-level basement, two service floors, public address system, CCTVs, door frame metal detectors, baggage scanners, fire hydrants, sprinklers, smoke detectors, ample parking space etc. The building also provides for sewerage treatment plant, rain water harvesting and solar energy among other facilities.
“The new MMRDA office building is indeed iconic. It’s spacious, elegant and is representing the modern culture that is created by MMRDA by undertaking and completing various infrastructure projects not only in the city but also in its metropolitan region. The government organization that is undertaking mega projects invoking global attention required such state-of-the-art facility”, said Fadnavis after inaugurating the building.
All the floors provide column-free space in the entire office. While the main staircase and lift lobbies is provided with granite flooring, the lobbies and entrance are provided with Italian marble flooring.
“The added space will come handy while housing additional work force that will be hired for new projects such as Dahisar to DN Nagar Metro-2 corridor, Dahisar(E) to Andheri(E) Metro-7 corridor that have been undertaken by the Authority recently. The Authority is also implementing a few more big ticket projects”, said U.P.S.Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA.