MMR region expanded to include a population of 12 lakh
The decision was taken for a unified development of multiple projects in a larger area
The Urban Development Department in Maharashtra has extended the area of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) to add parts of Palghar, Vasai, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Ambernath, Karjat, Khalapaur, Pen and Alibaug.
It has brought a population of 12 lakh under the MMRDA. The proposal to extend the limits of MMR to include nearly 2,000 sq km area was passed in June 2019. The decision was taken for a unified development of multiple projects in a larger area and to help use the natural resources optimally.
The MMR comprises of eight municipalities – Greater Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan-Dombivali, Navi Mumbai, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi-Nizamapur, Vasai-Virar and Mira-Bhayandar – and nine municipal councils, with more than 1,000 villages in Thane and Raigad districts.
The area up to the eastern limits of Palghar tehsil, Vasai tehsil up to Tansa river, Bhiwandi, Kalyan and Ambernath tehsils will now be a part of MMR. The villages along the foothills of Sahyadri in Karjat tehsil from Shelu to Kalamboli Tarf Waredi, Takwe, Banjarwadi, Sawale, Hedawali, Mandawane, Bhivpuri (camp), Humgaon, Saidongar, Dhak, Salpe, Kharwandi up to village Chochi will also be included.