Mumbai transport infrastructure projects are estimated to Rs.270,000Cr: CM

By Nawaz Sayyed

Mumbai: On Thursday addressing to gathering in media conclave conducted by the Indian Merchants’ Chamber, CM Prithviraj Chavan said that “MMRDA’s main objective to make Mumbai slum free and provide a smooth road infrastructure.” He added that “the estimated investment of $50 billion (Rs 2,70,000 crore) is based on a comprehensive transportation study conducted by MMRDA. The total cost of the infrastructure projects comprising Mumbai Trans Harbor Link (MTHL), Metrorail, Eastern Freeway Mumbai, Santacruz Chembur Link Road, Navi Mumbai Airport and Monorail, currently undertaken by MMRDA is over Rs 26,000 crore.”
However, 80percent of the undergoing MMRDA projects are based on transportation out of which 450 km in MMRDA region, 250 km in suburban Mumbai and 1700km on road networking.
Whereas, describing on the prominent infrastructure projects of the MMRDA commissioner Rhul Asthana put the light on the following projects;
Metro Line I, II & III: Metro Line is divided in to three phases and cost estimated is Rs. 47000crore. The first phase of the project in he Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar corridor, is expected to be completed by the 3Q of 2012, at a cost of Rs 2,356 crore. The Metro Line 2, Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd, which entails an investment of Rs 7,660 crore, has achieved financial closure on March 14. The civil work is expected to begin from October. Metro III is now extended upto airport from Colaba where the entire stretch will be underground and would cost Rs 18,000 crore.
Monorail: Once completed it will be world’s second longest Monorail corridor. Construction began in January 2009, and the first portion of the first line is scheduled to be operational by December 2011. It will cover approx 20km from Wadala to Chembur.
Though Asthan added that “ Railway crossing is the biggest reason behind delaying in both the projects i.e, Metro and Monorail.
MTHL: Mumbai Trans Harbor Link (MTHL) is proposed on 6lane Road Bridge and it will reduce time from 3hours to just 30minutes. And it estimated cost is Rs.10k crore.
Due to the expensive cost bidders MTHL project awarding is postponed to third quarter of 2012 and project will complete till 2017.
Eastern Freeway: The Rs 287-crore Sahar elevated road has received a boost with the MMRDA deciding to rehabilitate 700 persons living in hutments along its route. And it will be completed till December 2011.
Santacruz Chembur Link Road: Santacruz Chembur Link Road is an important arterial road connecting Western Express Highway(WEH) and Eastern Express Highway(EEH). Total length of Santacruz Chembur Link Road is 6.45 km starting from Dr. Hans Bhugra junction on WEH in Santacruz East and running to the East skirting Vidyanagari Campus (Mumbai University at Kalina) on its south and meeting Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) Marg after crossing Meethi River Bridge. It will reduce the 10km and 40minutes. This project will 2885 residential and 377 commercial will be resettled. According to officials it will be completed in the 4th Q of 2012.
Navi Mumbai Airport: Navi Mumbai International Airport will support the rapidly growing air travel needs of Mumbai Metropolitan Region. It is expected to absorb annually 10 million passengers in its first operational year 2012, doubling to 20 million by 2020 followed by 30million passengers in 2025 and ultimately 40 million by 2030. The site of airport is located in an area of 2042hectares.
Speaking with reporters CM said “the projects are delaying due to the high density in Mumbai region, and poor transportation is happening due to potholes across the city.” He added that we knows that road contractors are cheating to government and using cheap materials we are seriously looking into this matter and soon will take action against these crooks.

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