CM sanctions funds for 118-km metro network

Fadnavis has given his nod for the expenditure of Rs 35,400 cr 

Mumbai : Giving impetus to the city’s plan to build an ambitious Metro rail network, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday sanctioned the expenditure of Rs 35,400 crore for the development of a 118-km Metro network in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.

The revised Metro rail plan, finalised in an MMRDA meeting chaired by Fadnavis, includes the 40-km Dahisar-Bandra-Mankhurd (Rs 12,000 crore), 40-km Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavali (Rs 12,000 crore), 27-km Dahisar-E-Andheri-E-Bandra-E (Rs 8,100 crore) and 11-km Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (Rs 3,300 crore) corridors.

Fadnavis also approved the revised detailed project reports for two corridors — Andheri-E to Dahisar-E (16.5km) and Dahisar to D.N.Nagar (18.6km) — which were prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. “The authority has recommended these two corridors, estimated at Rs 4,737 crore and Rs 4,994 crore respectively, for state approval,” a statement by MMRDA read. The funding for the two corridors will be sought from international financial institutions such as the World Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency.

According to MMRDA, the authority has also cleared the plot for the International Finance Service Centre. “The authority gave a boost to the Bandra-Kurla Complex by demarcating 20 hectares of land in ‘G Text’ Block for an International Finance Service Centre,” the statement added.

MMRDA, which has shifted focus to MMR to carry out road development work, also got the authority’s nod for the sanctioning of Rs 60.61 crore road construction work in Palghar, Kalyan, Ambarnath, Karjat and Kulgaon-Badlapur.

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Elevated roads to clear traffic near BKC

Mumbai: In a bid to clear the traffic chaos at the Bandra-Kurla Complex and Santacruz-Chembur Link Road junctions, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has approved an estimated expenditure of Rs 743.73 crore for the construction of three elevated roads to clear the traffic chaos. The 1.3-km elevated road 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 the SCLR junction. Similarly, another 1.9km elevated road from Bharat Diamond Bourse in BKC to Vakola junction near Western Express Highway (Rs 263.09 crore) will help decongest the BKC junction as motorists will be able to reach Vakola straight from the ‘G’ Block in the Bandra-Kurla Complex.

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