Mumbai: The Chief Minister and Chairman, MMRDA, Mr. Devendra Fadnavis, during the 138th Authority Meeting, held today, arrived at a few coherent policy decisions and sanctioned the expenditure of Rs. 35,400 crore for the development of 118-km Metro network which includes 40-km Dahisar-Charkop-BandraMankhurd Metro-2 corridor (Rs. 12,000 crore), 40-km Wadala-Ghatkopar-ThaneKasarvadavali Metro-4 corridor via Wadala GPO and R.A.Kidwai Marg (Rs. 12,000 crore), 27-km Dahisar-E-Andheri-E-Bandra-E Metro-5 corridor (Rs. 8,100 crore) and 11-km Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road Metro-6 corridor (Rs. 3,300 crore).
In this context, the Authority has accepted two Detailed Project Reports – one for the 16.5-km Andheri-E to Dahisar-E Metro corridor and the other for 18.6-km Dahisar to D.N.Nagar Metro corridor – prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and has recommended these two corridors estimated at Rs. 4,737 crore and Rs. 4,994 crore respectively for the State approval. While the Authority has recommended, to the State, raising of funds from various financial institutions such as World Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency and other national and international financial institutions.
The Authority further afforded administrative approval to the estimated expenditure of Rs. 743.73 crore for the construction of three elevated roads to clear traffic chaos at Bandra-Kurla Complex and Santacruz-Chembur junctions. The 1.3-km elevated road running from MTNL junction to LBS Flyover and the 3.45-km elevated road from Kurla (Kapadia Nagar) to Vakola near Western Express Highway (Rs. 480.63 crore) will help clear SCLR junction. Similarly another 1.9-km elevated road from Bharat Diamond Bourse in ‘G’ Block to Vakola junction near Western Express Highway (Rs. 263.09 crore) will help decongest BKC junction as the motorists will be able to reach Vakola straight from the ‘G’ Block in the Bandra-Kurla Complex avoiding BKC junction.
The Authority further gave boost to the Bandra-Kurla Complex by demarcating 20 Hectares of plot in ‘G Text’ Block for an International Finance Service Centre and approving Rs. 95.57 crore expenditure in order to afford smart status to the complex by making it wi-fi able and providing smart parking, integrated building monitoring system, command and control centre, energy efficient street lights, bus service etc.
The Authority has also approved the development of Kalyan Growth Centre and the estimated expenditure of Rs. 1,089 crore for the same. This growth centre will be well connected by road and rail routes and will create job opportunities outside Mumbai and contribute to balanced development of the metropolitan region what with the MMRDA taking up infrastructural development sooner than later.
The metropolitan region has also received nod from the Authority to the road development work estimated at Rs. 60.61 crore in areas such as Palghar, Kalyan, Ambarnath, Karjat and Kulgaon-Badlapur.
The Authority also approved the submission of draft regional plan to the Metropolitan Planning Committee. The draft contains proposals related to population, employment, land use, housing, transportation and environment.