Mumbai: Maharashtra government on Wednesday renamed two major bridges in Mumbai after Veer Savarkar and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The government has renamed the Versova Bandra Sea Link as Veer Savarkar Setu meanwhile, the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link Road has been renamed as Atal Bihari Vajpayee Smruti Nhava Sheva Atal Setu.
The decision to rename the bridges was made during a cabinet meeting held on June 28 at Sahayadri Guest House in Mumbai. They also made other important decisions at the meeting.
Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Veer Savarkar Jayanti, which falls on May 28, had told the media that they will be naming the Bandra-Versova Sea Link after VD Savarkar and that it will be named Veer Savarkar Setu.
The cabinet decided to acquire a plot in Dharavi for the Mumbai Metro 3 route and finalized the eligibility criteria for the huts and stall owners to be included under the BDD Chawl redevelopment project. Also, the cabinet gave nod for the deemed university status for the Sir JJ College of Arts and Architecture.
Among other important decisions, the cabinet granted permission to the expenditure of Rs 210 crore to start affordable dispensaries with the name HinduHridaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Aapala Dawakhana at 700 places across the state.
Cabinet to start nine new govt medical colleges across sate
The cabinet also decided to start nine new government medical colleges acorss the state and granted Rs 4365 for the same. A new agriculture college too will be set up at Buldana, the cabinet decided.
The cabinet also decided to go ahead with desilting of 1648 km of riverbeds across the state for better flood-management.
Cabinet decisions on healthcare and labour
The cabinet also decided to integrate the MPJAY and PMAY Ayushman Bharat schemes and distribute 2 crore cards across the state wherein the beneficiaries would get health cover of Rs 5 lakh instead of present 1.5 lakh.
The cabinet also decided to set up a new corporation for benefit of unorganized labour in the state and to help the families of the fishermen arrested by Pakistan earn their livelihood. The cabinet also cleared the appointment of deputy secretary for the tourism department.
Other significant cabinet decisions
The state cabinet granted Rs 100 crore for developing grand memorial of Marathwada Mukti Sangram at Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar and decided to cancle 3 canols of the Bhama Askhed reservoir project granting relief to farmers in 3 talukas.
Among other significant decisions the state government decided to, increase the pension under Sanjay Gandhi Shravan Baal scheme; extend the Deendayal Antyidaya scheme to 143 urban local self government bodies; develop centres of excellence across all engineering colleges of the state; give free uniforms to all the 12 lakh school students across the state including those with parents above poverty line; allocated Rs 3552 crore for new broad gauge railway route between Jalna and Jalgaon; sign an MoU with CIDBI to promote MSME industry cluster and set up new courts at Mukhed, Umred, Chikhaldara, Mahad, Harsul, Varud and Phaltan.