Last month, Maharashtra Chief Minister and Chairman, MMRDA, Devendra Fadnavis approved a Rs 3,832.30-crore budget for 2015-16 presented by MMRDA. The budget clearly prioritises crucial projects such as the Mumbai Urban Transport Project, Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro corridor, the second phase of the Monorail, flyovers, creek bridges and development of a road network for the city and the Metropolitan Region. ´At present, the authority is implementing Phase II of the Monorail project, MUTP-II, Extended Mumbai Urban Infrastructure Project and Mithi River Development Project, and will undertake a few more critical projects soon,´ says Dilip Kawathkar, Dy Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA. Here is an update on some key projects:
MMRDA intends to develop a Metro rail network of 172 km in Mumbai and its metropolitan region. The revised DPR for Metro-2 Dahisar-Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd Corridor has been approved, according to which the Metro corridor will be 40-km long (36 stations and entirely underground) with an estimated project cost of around Rs 25,000 crore (as per April 2014 price level) and completion cost of Rs 34,000 crore. The project is now awaiting the government´s approval. Likewise, the 32-km long and 27-station Metro-3 Colaba-Bandra-Andheri (SEEPZ) corridor is planned as underground at an approximate cost of Rs 24,430 crore. Additionally, a revised DPR (fully or partially underground) with appropriate options has been prepared by RITES for Metro-5 Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavali corridor. The 32-km Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavali Metro corridor will have 30 stations with a base project cost of about Rs 19,000 crore (as on April 2014). The project will soon receive government approval.
Accepted world over as a ´People Mover´, the second phase of the Monorail from Wadala to Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk (10.24 km) is in progress and expected to be thrown open to Mumbaikars next year. The 19.17-km corridor is being executed at a cost of about Rs 2,460 crore.
Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) to Chunabhatti
The Rs 156-crore, 1.6-km connector will run from ´G´ block in BKC and reach Chunabhatti near Eastern Express Highway. On completion, this connector will cross Mithi River, LBS Marg, Central and Harbour Railway; it will save at least 3 km of travel and 30 minutes.
Clearing traffic chaos in BKC
Four flyovers and a road to clear traffic chaos in BKC have been planned at an estimated construction cost of Rs 227 crore. There will be a flyover each to reach the Bandra-Worli Sea Link from BKC and to BKC from the Sea Link, totalling 1,888 m. The flyover running from Dharavi towards Western Express Highway (WEH) will join the flyover running from BKC at the second level and there will be a three-lane, 2,920-m flyover connecting the flyover reaching WEH. The planned road to be constructed is 300 m long and 12 ft wide running through government land to streamline traffic from Dharavi to the Sea Link.
The authority opened the southern arm of this flyover to the public on June 16, 2014. The construction of the northern arm is expected to be completed by April 2015. The Rs 22-crore flyover is being constructed to ease traffic at Kherwadi Junction.
Road network improvement project at Chheda Nagar
Two flyovers and an elevated road will be constructed to decongest Chheda Nagar. There will be a 680-m, three-lane flyover (Rs 57.66 crore) from Sion towards Thane running parallel to the existing three-lane flyover. Another 1,240-m, two-lane flyover (Rs 94.39 crore) will run from above the existing Chheda Nagar flyover towards Thane. Also planned is a 650-m and two-lane elevated road (Rs 52.28 crore) to connect the existing Chheda Nagar flyover with the Amar Mahal Junction flyover.
Mumbai Urban Transport Project-II (MUTP-II)
To further improve the suburban railway service network and operations, Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) has formulated MUTP-II to be funded under the same formula of MUTP-I. The Maharashtra Government and the Ministry of Railways have approved the project, planned at an estimated cost of Rs 5,300 crore. Of this, the World Bank has made available funds to the tune of Rs 1,910 crore.
Extended Mumbai Urban Infrastructure Project
Under the project, worth Rs 2,600 crore, more than 275 km of roads, 14 flyovers, three creek bridges and two rail-over-bridges will be made available for the people in MMR. With four crucial flyovers completed and thrown open for traffic, the project received a boost of Rs 1,493 crore for the development of a road network connecting tourist spots, divisional centres, industrial zones and education institutions. This will help develop a road network of 145 km and five flyovers, expected to take off as soon as the permission from the Road Development and Highway Department of the Central Government is received. Also recently, construction of a Rs 47.50-crore, four-lane, 40-m flyover with two approach roads of 180 m and 220 m at L&T Junction on Shil Phata-Mahape Road, and two flyovers proposed over Ghansoli Naka and Talawali Naka and at Savita Chemicals Junction along with a vehicular underpass at Mahape junction, received approval.
A Multi-Modal Corridor, 126 km long (to be developed in two phases), will run from Virar to Alibaug via Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Dombivli and Panvel. All relevant preliminary plans and techno-economic feasibility studies have been completed and submitted for inclusion in the Regional Road Transport Maps. The Rs 13,000-crore corridor will have eight lanes.
The Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL)
The Maharashtra Government has entrusted MMRDA to develop the much-awaited MTHL, which will not only offer easy and faster connectivity to the city but save time and fuel. This 22-km sea bridge from the seafront at Sewri to Chirle will connect NH-4B and help connect easily with Mumbai Port Trust, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and Navi Mumbai International Airport. The 22-km link road will be 27 m wide and provide three lanes each for up and down traffic. The authority has also undertaken a 17-km Eastern Freeway from Orange Gate to Ghatkopar-Mulund Link Road and a 4.25-km elevated road from Sewri station to Dr Annie Besant Road. The process to prepare a DPR for this elevated road has already begun. Also, the feasibility study of a road to connect the Mumbai-Pune Expressway via NH-17 from Chirle is underway. The sea bridge, with a project period of five years, has received environmental permission and the Central Finance Department has also sanctioned Viability Gap Funding (VGF) of Rs 1,920 crore.
Mithi River Development
The widening, deepening and rock blasting of Mithi was undertaken in the first phase; construction of retaining wall and beautification were undertaken in Phase II. While work on the second phase is still in progress, a cost of Rs 346.50 crore has been incurred till date.
Solid Waste Management Project
MMRDA has identified 3,000 hectare for regional landfill sites to dispose solid waste in the MMR. The identified sites are at Bhiwandi, Dapode near Nashik Highway (about 352 hectare), Kalyan Road near Shil Phata (about 259 hectare), Taloja, north of Industrial Colony (about 443 hectare), Panvel, near Pune Express Highway (about 207 hectare), Ulhasnagar-Ambarnath (about 1,225 hectare), and Airoli in the city of Mumbai (about 305 hectare). Work at Taloja is expected to begin soon. The project is expected to cost Rs 3,000 crore.
MMRDA has undertaken the development of dams at Shai, Kalu and Poshir for which a provision of Rs 4,700 crore has been made. This project will make available 3,000 mld of extra water for the MMR and Raigad district. Once fully developed, these water resources would provide bulk water supply to the extent of 4,000 mld to various areas in the MMR.