Infrastructure projects worth Rs 73,367 crore will be launched in Mumbai and around in calendar year 2016. Some of the key projects include Mumbai Coastal Road (Rs 13,000 crore), Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) (Rs 11,500 crore), Mumbai Metro Phase III Cuffe Parade-SEEPZ corridor (Rs 23,136 crore), 18.5-km Dahisar to DN Nagar (Rs 4,994 crore), 16.5-km Dahisar east to Andheri east (Rs 4,737 crore) and Navi Mumbai International Airport (Rs 16,000 crore).
Incidentally, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has set an ambitious target of commissioning of these flagship projects during calendar year 2019 when elections to the state Assembly will be held. All these projects will be developed on cash contract basis and not on build-operate-transfer model.
The state government had a fortnight ago decided to scrap the Rs 5,000-crore Worli-Haji Ali Sea Link project, which was awarded to the consortium led by Reliance Infrastructure during the Congress rule in 2010. Instead, the government decided to pursue the 35.6-km coastal road connecting south and north Mumbai and the 22-km MTHL connecting Mumbai and Navi Mumbai to curb congestion. Tenders for MTHL will be issued by March, for the coastal road by June, and for Navi Mumbai airport by April. Work on the three metro corridors is expected to be awarded after June.
The state government crossed a major hurdle last week after the Forest Advisory Committee gave its nod for the coastal road. The Centre also gave Coastal Regulation Zone clearance, which was required as 168.08 hectares would have to be reclaimed for the development of the coastal road.
The Centre has laid down a condition that 91 hectares of green space will have to be created and the government will ensure there won’t be real estate development along the coast. The Shiv Sena-BJP controlled BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is the nodal agency for the project.
Gadkari announces Rs 41,000 cr road projects for Telangana
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today announced road projects worth Rs 41,000 crore for Telangana, including two Express Highways from the state capital Hyderabad to Bengaluru in Karnataka and Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh.
"The total package for Telangana is Rs 41,000 crore. This is not the final figure. It is still open for discussion. And if any new National Highway is recommended from the leaders of Telangana or from the state government or from our (BJP) leaders, we will think positively and we will support Telangana as a new state," Gadkari told reporters here.
The Union Road Transport and Highways Minister today laid the foundation stone of 4-lane of Yadgir and Warangal section of NH-202 (new NH-163) of length 99 km costing Rs 1,424 crore.