Mumbai, February 9, 2010 – The Honourable Chief Minister Mr.Ashok Chavan, during the Authority meeting held today, asked the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to develop Uttan-Gorai-Manori areas as tourism region. These areas form part of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and Mira-Bhayendar Municipal Corporation. The Chief Minister also directed MMRDA to provide financial assistance to Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation for the construction of a flyover. The Chief Minister issued this mandate during the 126th Authority meeting while approving MMRDA’s rupees 6,143 crore Budged for year 2010-11.
Present for the meeting were Mr.Bhaskar Jadhav, Minister of State for Urban Development; Mr.Vasant Davkhare, Deputy Speaker, Legislative Assembly; Ms.Shraddha Jadhav, Mayor, MCGM; Mr.J.P.Dange, Chief Secretary; Mr.Ratnakar Gaikwad, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA; Mr.T.C.Benjamin, Principal Secretary, Urban Development Department; Mr.Swadhin Kshatriya, Commissioner, MCGM; Mr.Sitaram Kunte, Secretary, Housing; Mr.Ravindra Vaikar, MLA; Mr.Nawab Malik, MLA; Mr.Sunil Prabhu, Corporator; Mr.Rajhans Singh, Mr.Ashish Shelar and Mayors and Chairmen of Civil Councils within the metropolitan region and senior officials of MMRDA.
The Chief Minister further said that the designated area of Uttan-Gorai-Manori will be developed as tourism region and that objections and suggestions will be invited following Clause 26 of the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Regulation 1966. He also promised preference to the ongoing projects in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and that no project providing infrastructure will suffer for want of funds. It was decided that MMRDA will be involved in the tender processes as far as the projects that will be implemented by MMRDA. The Chief Minister also made a categorical mention about the frequent traffic jams at Nariman Point area and said the traffic police should take immediate action against cars parked in No-Parking zones. He further observed that all the project affected families should be, as far as possible, resettled and rehabilitated in transit camps near their original place of residence.
The Authority today, while making financial provisions for various projects, gave top priority to public transport projects. The Authority allocated Rupees 1,833 crores for Metro and Mono Rail Projects, Rupees 493 crores for Mumbai Urban Transport Project, a separate allocation of rupees 111 crores for the construction of flyovers, Rupees 727 crores for the Mumbai Urban Infrastructure Project, Rupees 500 crores for the Skywalks and Rupees 100 crores for Water Transport in the Budget for 2010-2011.
Human Development Programme is a new responsibility undertaken by the Authority. The Authority has made, for the first time, a significant provision to study and give a human face to the development of mega city of Mumbai and its metropolitan region. This will help quantify the human development indices in the MMR region.
Innovation Park, Redevelopment of Nariman Point, Water Transport, Multi-Modal Corridor and Growth Centers are the new initiatives in the Budget for 2010-2011 and suitable provisions have been made accordingly.
Rupees 100 crores each are allocated separately for the redevelopment of Nariman Point Project, Theme Park and Mangrove Park and Wadala Truck Terminus. An amount of rupees 20 crores has also been been allocated for the Multi-Modal corridor which will establish the vital 140 k.m. link between Virar and Alibaug.
Mithi River Development and Water Resources Development in MMR are the two other crucial Projects MMRDA intends to emphasize upon. Hence, the Authority has decided to apportion rupees 290 crores for these projects.
While rupees 90 crores have been allocated for the development of Bandra-Kurla Complex with modern infrastructure, rupees 50 crores each have been spared for the Innovation Park Project and the Nirmal Abhiyan Project.
This Budget attempts to contribute to projects already under implementation and simultaneously initiates new thrust areas of MMR development.