Mumbai : Chief  Minister  Prithviraj Chavan, chairman of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), on Saturday approved the body’s Rs 4,028.57-crore budget for 2013-14.

The budget affords Rs 622-crore  boost  to  the  Extended  Mumbai  Urban  Infrastructure Project  for  six  flyovers,  a  creek-bridge  at  Vasai  between  Naigaon  and  Bhayandar  and over  90-km  of  road  network  in  Vasai,  Thane,  Kalyan,  Dombivli,  Ambernath,  Karjat, Badlapur and  Arnala. The  authority  has  also  made  a provision  of  Rs 20  crore  for  conducting  feasibility  surveys  for  eight  new  projects  —  Shirgaon-Padgha-Titwala- Badlapur  Link  (37-km),  Kalyan  ring  road  (29.70-km),  Bhiwandi  ring  road  (12-km),  Neral-Dasturi  Naka-Matheran  road  (8-km),  Khopoli  bypass  road  (5.80-km),  Mankoli to  Motagaon-Dombivli  Link  Road  (3.20-km),  Revas-Karanja  bridge  (1.80-km)  and development of NH-4 from Takka colony to Palaspe Phata (1.73-km).

Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro

The  authority  has  further  allocated  Rs 608  crore  for  the  Metro  Rail  Project  with  a major  chunk  (Rs 500  crore)  spared  for  the  Colaba-Bandra-Seepz  Metro  corridor  and Rs 600  crores  for  the  Mono  Rail  Project. The  first  Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar  (VAG) Metro  corridor  and  the  first  phase  of  Mono  Rail  project  from  Chembur  to  Wadala  are expected to be completed this year.

SCLR by year-end

The provision of Rs 500 crore for the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) is bifurcated thus – Rs.200 crore have been spared for the completion of the Santacruz-Chembur Link Road, including FOBs, Halav Bridge, service roads, beautification of spaces under the flyover and the resettlement of Tilak Nagar residents. The MMRDA is sure to deliver the Santacruz-Chembur Link Road by the year-end, with all permissions from railways in hand. The work is progressing on a war footing.

Rail Projects

Further, the budget for 2013-14 has made provision of Rs 300 crore for various rail projects such as 5th and 6th line from CST to Kurla, additional line from Thane to Diva, 6th line from Bombay Central to Borivali and purchase of new EMU coaches

Trans Harbour Link

The authority has allocated Rs 150 crore and Rs 50 crore for the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link and Sewri-Worli connector respectively. The Sewri-Worli connector will help traffic dispersal from and through MTHL. Both these projects are expected to kickstart this year once completion of the tender process is achieved. An approval for the Rs 517-crore Sewri-Worli connector and budget provision for Rs 50 corer for the same was sought for and granted by the authority simultaneously.  This step will save a lot of time as far as beginning of the actual construction for both the projects is concerned.

Kalanagar Junction

The authority has spared in all Rs 147 crore for three more crucial projects – Underpass at Kalanagar junction (Rs.75 crores), an elevated road from BKC to Eastern Express Highway (Rs.50 crores) and Kherwadi flyover (Rs.22 crores). These three projects are very critical as far as the connectivity to motorists travelling towards and from BKC, Western Express Highway and Eastern Express Highway is concerned. The easier commute on these routes would also mean savings on time and fuel.

Anik-Panjrapol Link Road

The allocation of Rs 117 crore is to facilitate quicker completion of Anik-Panjrapol Link Road and Panjarpol-Ghatkopar Link Road (Rs.55 crores), Milan and the Sahar Elevated Road (Rs.35 crores) which will be completed this year and Andheri-Ghatkopar Link Road (Rs.27 crores ).

Virar to Alibaug corridor

The other critical project for the improvement of transport facilities to and from the city is the 126-km long Multi-Modal corridor which will run from Virar (Navghar) to Alibaug. The corridor is being implemented in two phases – from Virar (Navghar) to Chirner (79 k.m.) and Chirner to Alibaug (47 k.m.).

The Authority has already finalized preliminary plans through techno-economic feasibility study and the same are being included in the Regional Transport Road Map. The Rs.9,326-crore corridor will – besides the main traffic lanes – have  dedicated lanes for buses, two-wheelers and non motorized transport. The Authority has spared Rs.50 crores for the project this financial year.

Wadala TT area

MMRDA is the Special Planning Authority for Wadala TT area which has been receiving special attention. The Authority has afforded a Rs.85-crore impetus for its road network, sewerage treatment plant, utility shifting and beautification. The Authority has also kept its promise by providing Rs.35-crore assistance for installing noise barriers for the flyovers that travel through densely populated residential areas.

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