Mumbai: Keeping in mind the potential growth in the adjoining regions surrounding Mumbai due to various infrastructure projects, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) proposed to increase its boundaries. The proposal got its approval in the cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

Which means scope of MMRDA as a planning agency has increased in the form of acting as a special planning agency including entire Palghar Taluka, Alibaugh, Pen, Panvel and Khalapur in Raigad district. The authority believes the decision will help in bringing planned development in these regions.

In 1967, the boundary of MMRDA was 3,965 sq kilometre and later was increased to 4,355 sq kilometre. As important transportation projects like the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train, Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi Highway, Virar-Alibaug Multi-Modal corridor and others projects are on-going the demand was made to increase the area of MMRDA for easy project execution, which led to a further increase in MMRDA boundaries by 2,000 square kilometres.