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In the run-up to the Maharashtra Assembly elections, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today approved Rs 4,240.78 crore budget for MMRDA that thrusts on improving infrastructure in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
The Budget has given priority to crucial infrastructure projects to be implemented in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) along with metro rail, mono rail, flyovers, development of road network, an official release issued here said.
The state is likely to go for polls in October, by when the Chavan-led government is expecting to complete or start construction on most of these projects.
"We are continuously making huge provision of funds for more crucial infrastructure projects for the city and MMR. We are already witnessing the response from commuters travelling in the city, outside the city and abroad after a few critical infrastructure facilities," Chavan said.
The government recently launched various projects, including metro rail, monorail, Santacruz-Chembur Link Road, Amar Mahal Junction flyover, Eastern Freeway, Milan Rail Over Bridge Kherwadi flyover and Sahar elevated road.
To ensure speedy implementation of the next phase of metro and monorail projects in the city, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has alloted Rs 634 crore and Rs 400 crore, respectively.
Out of the Rs 634 crore, Rs 500 crore has been allocated for the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz corridor, while Rs 4 crore has been set aside for conducting various studies for the Charkop- Bandra-Mankhurd metro, which is likely to be underground.
The Authority has taken up the second phase of the monorail project from Wadala to Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk, work on which is in full swing and is expected to be completed next year, MMRDA said.
MMRDA has made a provision of Rs 215 crore for flyovers, improvement of road network, among others under the Mumbai Urban Infrastructure Project and Rs 1,000 crore for MUTP-2 as the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation is expected to purchase new trains during FY'15.
It has made a provision of Rs 128.88 crore for the water resources development in MMR, Rs 65 crore for providing civic amenities in Bandra Kurla Complex, Rs 50 crore for Sewri-Worli connector and Rs 25 crore each for Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, Wadala Truck Terminus and Virar-Alibaug Multi-Modal corridor.
The Authority has also planned a Rs 3,628 crore extended Mumbai infrastructure project to be implemented in the MMR and for this, it has allocated Rs 650 crore for undertaking projects like constructing four flyovers, a bridge over Revas creek and two bridges at Mankoli-Motegaon road and Kalyan-Bhiwandi NH-222 near Ulhas creek.
The extended Mumbai project also includes broadening and improvement of a road network from Takka Colony to Palaspe Phata on NH-4, Khopoli City Ring Road, Bhiwandi Ring Road, Kalyan Ring Road and the link road connecting Shirgaon Phata and Badlapur.
It also includes repairs and beautification of Neral- Dasturi Road, Dasturi-Matheran Road and exhibition spots at Matheran.