Mumbai Urban Transport Project on top in Budget

Mumbai: The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) budget for the year 2015-16 has given priority to crucial projects such as Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP), Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro corridor and second phase of Monorail.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is also MMRDA chairman, presented a Rs 3,832 crore budget on Thursday. Of this, Rs 1,005 crore have been provided for MUTP projects like development of fifth and sixth line between CST and Kurla, sixth line between Mumbai Central and Borivali, extending the Harbour line from Andheri to Goregaon, DC-AC conversion, procurement of latest EMU rakes, among others.

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

“The Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro-3 corridor will provide a major relief to the suburban commuters, and for this Rs 180 crore have been provided,” he added.

The MMRDA has also provided Rs 249.29 crore for the construction of two flyovers and an elevated road at Chheda Nagar to ease the traffic chaos being created by the innumerable vehicles teeming at Chheda Nagar from the SantaCruz-Chembur Link Road and the Eastern Freeway.

Also, Rs 402.60 crore will be allocated for the second phase of Monorail project from Wadala to Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk. The work on the second phase is being done on a war footing and is expected to be completed next year.

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 MMRDA has also made provisions 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 the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (Rs 87.90 crore) , among others. The allocation of Rs 758.50 crore is expected to provide impetus to the Extended Mumbai Urban Infrastructure Project in the areas surrounding Mumbai.