By Accommodation Times News Services
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), on 26th March, Thursday presented a Rs 3,832.30-crore budget for 2015-16, focusing on development of Mumbai city and increasing infrastructure facilities.
MMRDA has given priority to some of the key projects like, Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP), Colaba-Bandra-Seepz metro corridor, the second phase of monorail, flyovers, development of road network, etc.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, approved the budget during the 137th Authority meeting, “The intent is to provide easy, comfortable and congestion-free commute within the city and its metropolitan region”, said Mr. Devendra Fadnavis. “The Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro-3 corridor is crucial too. That will provide a noticeable relief to the suburban commuters and also the reason we have spared a sizeable (Rs. 180 crore) provision for the corridor”, further said the Chief Minister
Further, Rs 758.50 crore has been allocated for extended Mumbai Urban Infrastructure Project, which comprises widening and improvement of NH-8 Arnala-Virar-Shirsad, SH-35 Kalyan-Badlapur-Karjat-Hal Phata, SH-38 Karjat to Hal Phata, SH-43 Katai-Naka-Badlapur and construction of flyovers. This apart, Rs 400 crore has been allotted to Monorail Phase-II from Wadala to Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk. The work on the second phase is expected to be completed next year.
“The Authority is committed to provide hassle-free commute to the city-folk. A few projects such as Eastern Freeway, Sahar Elevated Road, SCLR etc. have proved to be a boon to the commuters. I think we are witnessing positive results for the efforts taken by the Authority”, said Mr. Sanjay Sethi, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, and Project Director, MUTP.
The allocation of Rs 180 crore has been made for Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-III corridor.
MMRDA has further sanctioned Rs 27.5 crore for studies and surveys for the Dahisar-Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd and Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane Metro corridors.
Besides, MMRDA has also approved the construction of two flyovers and an elevated road at Chheda Nagar in northeast Mumbai, at a cost of Rs 249.29 crore.