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Mumbai gets Rs 16,909 crore budget approval for infrastructure

Around 44% will be reserved for 11 metro lines and a centre in and around Mumbai.

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The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has announced its highest-ever budget of Rs 16,909 crore, allocating close to 44% (Rs 7,486.50 crore) to the construction and operation of 11 metro lines and a centre in and around Mumbai.
Ahead of the Lok Sabha and state assembly elections, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis approved the budget that focused on the infrastructure of the city and its neighbouring areas.
Fadnavis also cleared two new metro lines — the 14th corridor between Kanjurmarg and Badlapur and the 9th between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport – and the upcoming Navi Mumbai airport. The Detailed Project Reports for both corridors will now be prepared.
Besides the corridors, a large chunk of the budget has been allocated to the much-delayed big ticket projects — the Mumbai Trans Harbour link (MTHL) and the Virar-Alibaug multi-modal corridor. The MMRDA allocated Rs 3,000 crore to the MTHL, which will connect Sewri in Mumbai to Nhava Sheva in Navi Mumbai. The authority is hoping to complete 25% of work on the sea-bridge connecting two cities by the end of this year. It has allocated Rs 2,250 crore to the Virar-Alibaug multi-modal corridor. The Mumbai monorail, which is to be inaugurated soon, has got Rs 150 crore.
RA Rajeev, metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA, said, “The decisions are not only city-centric, they offer overall care. Metro, Metro Bhavan, road network, water supply, memorials, all are afforded the required attention.”
Metro-2A (Dahisar to DN Nagar) and 7 (Dahisar E-Andheri E), which are expected to start operations from mid-2020, have been allocated Rs 1,895 crore and Rs 1,921 crore respectively, the biggest allocation among the 11 corridors budgeted for this year.
Two metro corridors that are expected to pick up speed this year — Metro 4 (Wadala-Thane-Kasarvadavli) and Metro 6 (Swami Samarth Nagar-Vikhroli) — have also been given a major allocation, Rs 1,337 crore and Rs 800 crore respectively. Another Rs 100 crore has been allocated for a Metro Bhavan at Aarey.
The MMRDA is expecting a ridership of 9.95 lakh on the Kanjurmarg-Badlapur route by 2041. Officials said the 44.7 km elevated corridor will be built in a public-private partnership model. This new line will be the 14th metro line in MMR.
Rajeev said, “The comprehensive transport study that was undertaken by MMRDA showed that this route will be preferred with a ridership of more than 9 lakh. The corridor will also connect to Metro 6 and Metro 4.”
With a Badlapur line, the state has brought in all major areas in the region under the metro ambit. Metros to Navi Mumbai, Thane, Bhiwandi, Mira Bhayander and Virar are already in the pipeline.
The MMRDA has also allocated Rs 210 crore to the construction of the Babasaheb Ambedkar memorial at Indu Mills in Dadar and the Bal Thackeray memorial at Shivaji Park.

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