Mumbai: MMRDA plans to set up in-house innovation centre

Mumbai: In order to bring sustainable planned development, especially to the remote areas of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has decided to set up an innovation centre at its headquarters in Bandra.

RA Rajeev, MMRDA commissioner said, “The centre will project new ideas while implementing infrastructure projects. For instance, if similar projects have been executed by the local bodies in a remote area, there is a precedent. The move will help expedite projects by reducing the time for project execution.”

According to the MMRDA, the centre will act as platform where new ideas for projects will be tried out. If any individual or group or private agency has a plan, which holds promise, the innovation centre will consider those. “It will be helpful in involving private players in bringing sustainable development. Take the example of the commercialisation of the Wadala monorail depot. If we finalise a tender after planning for ten hours and if the bidding is successful, then such ideas will be taken forward,” Rajeev said.

Those planning models or polices which are successful, can be taken ahead by other local bodies. The Free Press Journal had earlier reported about the MMRDA’s war room for surveillance of ongoing different metro projects. The war room will get live updates with closed circuit Television (CCTV) and drones. This will enable the concerned stakeholders to take decisions efficiently.

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