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At ₹16,909 cr., CM approves MMRDA’s highest-ever budget

For the next fiscal year, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has received its highest-ever budgetary allocation. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis approved the ₹16,909-crore budget for 2019-20 on Thursday.

Ten Metro corridors have received a lion’s share of the sanctions, ₹7,486.50 crore, around 44% of the budgetary allocation. MMRDA’s budget for the current fiscal year was over ₹12,000 crore and had the Metro as its focus.

Notably, over ₹200 crore has been allocated to two memorials being executed by the MMRDA: ₹160 crore for the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar memorial at Indu Mill, which is under construction; and ₹50 crore for the Bal Thackeray memorial.

Mr. Fadnavis said, “The intent is simple and the focus positive. If the Metro is needed for a better future, following the principles of great leaders is compulsory. While infrastructure is the need of the hour, memorials will keep us rooted to illustrious history.”

Of the 10 Metro corridors, the under construction Andheri (East)-Dahisar (East) Metro 7 and the Dahisar-DN Nagar Metro 2A have received the highest allocations: ₹1,921 crore and ₹1,895 crore. The city’s only underground Metro, Metro 3, received ₹650 crore and ₹98 crore has been allocated to the operational Metro 1.

R.A. Rajeev, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, said that next fiscal will be a crucial year for Metro 2A and 7. He said, “The civil construction will be completed and trials will commence on both corridors. By March 2020 we may be in a position to start commercial operations.”

Mumbaikars can expect work on four Metro corridors to pick up: DN Nagar-Mandale Metro 2B, Wadala-Kasarvadavali Metro 4, Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro 5 and Samarth Nagar-Vikhroli Metro 6. All four have received sizable allocations and ₹5 crore each has been allotted to the Gaimukh-Shivaji Chowk Metro 10, Wadala-Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Metro 11 and Kalyan-Taloja Metro 12.

Mr. Fadnavis had approved the detailed project report (DPR) for the three Metros in November 2018. He also directed MMRDA to create a DPR for two new Metro lines, one connecting the airport with the proposed Navi Mumbai airport and another linking Kanjurmarg and Badlapur. MMRDA has also allocated ₹100 crore for the Metro Bhavan, which will oversee the operations of all Metro corridors in the city.

The other major allocations were made for two key infrastructure projects: Mumbai Trans-Harbour Sea Link (MTHL) and the Virar-Alibaug Multi Modal Corridor. The MMRDA has allocated ₹3,000 crore and ₹2,250 crore respectively for the two projects. Mr. Rajeev said MTHL’s construction was progressing smoothly and the project was on schedule.

Land acquisition for the multimodal corridor will be carried out in 2019-2020.

At ₹16,909 cr., CM approves MMRDA’s highest-ever budget

Budget over the years

2019-20: ₹16,909 crore

2018-19: ₹12,157 crore

2017-18: ₹6,976 crore

2016-17: ₹6,647 crore

Total allocations (amounts in ₹crore)

Metro projects: ₹7486.50 crore

Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro 1: ₹98 crore

Dahisar to DN Nagar Metro 2A: ₹1,895.70 crore

DN Nagar to Mandale Metro 2B: ₹519.60 crore

Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro 3: ₹650 crore

Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavali Metro 4: ₹1,337 crore

Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro 5: ₹150 crore

Samarth Nagar to Vikhroli Metro 6: ₹800 crore

Andheri (E) to Dahisar (E) Metro 7 and Dahisar to Mira-Bhayandar Metro 9 (Extn. of Metro 7): ₹1,921.20 crore

Gaimukh to Shivaji Chowk (Mira Road) Metro 10: ₹5 crore

Wadala to CSMT Metro 11 – ₹5 crore

Kalyan-Dombivli-Taloja Metro 12: ₹5 crore

Metro Bhavan: ₹100 crore

MTHL – Sewri to Nhava Sheva: ₹3,000 crore

Virar-Alibaug Multi-Modal Corridor (MMC): ₹2250 crore

Monorail Project: ₹150 crore

Mumbai Urban Infrastructure Project (MUIP): ₹87.60 crore

Extended Mumbai Urban Infrastructure Project including land acquisition (Extended MUIP): ₹800 crore

Development of Water Resource at Regional Leval – Surya and Kalu Project: ₹704.20 crore

Improvement of roads outside Mumbai Metropolitan Region: ₹143 crore

Improvement and civic amenities in Bandra-Kurla Complex: ₹50 crore

Grand Memorial of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar at Indu Mill: ₹160 crore

Construction of National Memorial of Late Balasaheb Thackeray: ₹50 crore

Extension of SCLR up to Vakola Bridge and construction of elevated road from BKC to Western Express Highway: ₹100 crore

Improvement of elevated road at Chheda Nagar Junction, Ghatkopar (E) on EEH: ₹75 crore

Maintenance and repairs of WEH and EEH: ₹50 crore

Providing infrastructure facilities inside University Campus, Kalina: ₹54 crore

Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP): ₹500 crore

Total: ₹16909.10 crore

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