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Damanganga-Pinjal project to meet Mumbai’s water needs till 2060: CM

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Panel says MHADA can undertake cessed buildings’ redevelopment

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said the Damnganga-Pinjal river linking project will fulfill Mumbai’s water needs till 2060.

Replying to the discussion on issues related to Mumbai and Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), Mr. Fadnavis read out a slew of decisions and projects under way in the area with a focus on future projects, the development of MMR and ongoing projects such as the Metro, Virar-Alibaug multipurpose corridor and so on.

The Damanganga-Pinjal river linking project proposes to divert excess water from reservoirs in the Damanganga basin to Mumbai through the Pinjal dam, built on the Pinjal river in Vaitarna basin. “The Detailed Project Report for this is being prepared,” said Mr. Fadnavis. He said the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority will provide ₹403 crore for the Kalu dam, which will fulfill the water needs of the MMR region.

On the redevelopment of cessed buildings in Mumbai, Mr. Fadnavis said in case of the landlord’s delay or inability to redevelop dilapidated buildings, the eight-member committee appointed to study the issue has recommended that the Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority can undertake it. The announcement is likely to have a positive impact in areas such as Colaba, Mumbadevi and Byculla, where the issue of redevelopment of cessed buildings is pending. There are 19,642 cessed buildings in the city and 14,207 can undergo redevelopment.

Mr. Fadnavis said the government will set up a Metropolitan Urban Transport Authority to govern all types of public transport such as buses, rail, monorail, sea transport and metro.

Calling the redevelopment of BDD chawls as possibly the biggest housing project in Asia, Mr. Fadnavis said the residents will get homes bigger than 500 sq ft in the same area.

On the hyperloop project between Mumbai and Pune, Mr. Fadnavis announced that a private project will be implemented on a 15-km stretch to check its feasibility.

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