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).
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.
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.
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.