Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has asked MMRDA to complete its entire gamut of proposed projects by 2013, a year ahead of the original schedule. The projects are worth a whopping Rs. 1.13 lakh crore. Recently Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, who heads the MMRDA, was given a presentation on the completed, ongoing and proposed projects that are “targeted” for completion by 2014. These include seven Metro rail corridors, 100 km of monorail, the Innovation Park, a 101-storey iconic tower, rental housing, the second phase of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project, a multimodal corridor between Virar and Alibaug, and a common regional landfill site. While highlighting the projects to be taken on hand next, the Chief Minister Ashok Chavan asked MMRDA officials to complete them by 2013 instead of 2014. These projects would be worth a whopping Rs 1.13 lakh crore. MMRDA officials are confident that they can meet the new deadline. They have already started preparing detailed project reports for the Metro corridors. Except for Charkop-Bandra- Mankhurd corridor, which is the longest, other corridors should not take more than three years. For the monorail, a consultant has been appointed to chalk out corridors. Some of the projects that were highlighted before the Chief Minister included the Mumbai Urban Infrastructure Project, the Mumbai Urban Transport Project, the Mithi river development, resettlement and rehabilitation projects, Nirmal Abhiyan Project, the Marine Drive and Nariman Point beautification, besides other projects. Chief Minister Ashok Chavan stressed the beautification and redevelopment plans for Nariman Point. With bureau inputs, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.
October 7, 2008