Published On:April 3 2013
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MMRDA development plans for Thane

Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will spend Rs 622 crore on the extended Mumbai urban infrastructure projects, mainly in Thane district. It will build six flyovers, a creek-bridge at Vasai between Naigaon and Bhayendar and over 90-km of road network in Vasai, Thane, Kalyan, Dombivli, Ambernath, Karjat , Badlapur and Arnala.

In the budget for 2013-14, MMRDA has also made a provision of Rs 20 crore for conducting feasibility surveys for eight new projects: these include 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).

MMRDA has allocated Rs 608 crore for the Metro Rail project with the major chunk (Rs 500 crore) earmarked for the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro corridor and Rs 600 crore 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. The VAG Metro corridor will offer the much-needed east-west connectivity and the first phase of mono corridor will save time and fuel for commuters on the Chembur-Wadala stretch.

The provision of Rs 500 crore for the Mumbai Urban Transport Project is bifurcated and Rs 200 crore has 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. MMRDA plans to deliver the Santacruz-Chembur Link Road by year-end.

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 kick-start this year once the tender process is completed. An approval for the Rs 517-crore Sewri-Worli connector and budget provision for Rs 50 crore for the same was sought for and granted by the authority simultaneously. This step will save a lot of time as far as the beginning of the actual construction for both the projects is concerned.

Source: Times of India

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