Mumbai Metro III gets $29MN, Monorail phase II gets $64MN

In the recently concluded 137th meeting of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) Chief Minister and Chairman, MMRDA, Devendra Fadnavis has approved a budget of $614 million (Rs 3,832.30-crore) budget for the year 2015-16.monorail

Under the budget, Mumbai Metro Rail III project has been given $29 million (Rs 180 crore), whereas the authority has set aside $64 million (Rs 400 crore) for Monorail phase II.

The budget clearly prioritizes crucial projects such as Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP), Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro corridor, second phase of Monorail, flyovers, creek bridges, development of road network for the city as also the Metropolitan Region.

The Authority has made a very strong budgetary provision of $160 million (Rs.1,005 crore) for the Mumbai Urban Transport Project-I and II. The various tasks undertaken hereunder are – development of 5th and 6th line between CST and Kurla, Mumbai Central to Borivli 6th line, extending Harbour line from Andheri to Goregaon, converting DC to AC, procurement of latest EMU rakes, maintenance and stabling of EMU rakes, strengthening of technical and institutional support, station area improvement etc.

“The intent is to provide easy, comfortable and congestion-free commute within the city and its metropolitan region”, Devendra Fadnavis said.

“The Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro-3 corridor is crucial too That will provide a noticeable relief to the suburban commuters and also the reason we have spared a sizeable (Rs.180 crore) provision for the corridor”, the chief minister adds.

The Authority has also approved construction of two flyovers and an elevated road at Chheda Nagar to rid the traffic chaos that is being created by the innumerable vehicles assimilating at Chheda Nagar from the Santacruz-Chembur Link Road and the Eastern Freeway. The estimated cost of the project is $40 million (Rs.249.29 crore).

“The Authority will continue to make provision of funds for more crucial infra projects to be implemented in the metropolitan region. This includes flyovers, ROBs, creek bridges, road network etc. We are also seeking the final go-ahead for the implementation of the Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavli Metro corridor”, UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA said.

The Authority has spared $40 million (Rs.402.60 crore) for the second phase of Monorail project from Wadala to Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk. The work on the second phase is being chased on war footing and is expected to be completed next year.

The priority afforded to the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro corridor has been underlined by the allocation of $29 million (Rs180-crore) kitty for the same. This Metro corridor will, for sure, provide major relief to the commuters traveling on the Western suburban line. The Authority has further sanctioned $4.13 million (Rs.27.50 crore) for studies and surveys for the Dahisar-Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd and Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane Metro corridors.

The Mumbai Urban Infrastructure Project has received a boost of Rs.161.47 crore and will aim at the completion of Northern arm of the Kherwadi flyover in April, undertaking the construction of BKC Connector running from ‘G’ Block to Chunabhatti, Andheri-Ghatkopar Link Road among others.

“The Authority is committed to provide hassle-free commute to the city-folk. A few projects such as Eastern Freeway, Sahar Elevated Road, SCLR etc. have proved to be a boon to the commuters. I think we are witnessing positive results for the efforts taken by the Authority”, Sanjay Sethi, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, and Project Director, MUTP said.

The Authority has also made provision for various other projects such as improvement of the Bandra-Kurla Complex (Rs.65.45 crore), Wadala Truck Terminal (Rs.65.51 crore), development and protection of Mithi River (Rs.32 crore), development of water resources in MMR (Rs.87.90 crore) etc.