Devendra Fadnavis, the Maharashtra-Chief Minister has allocated the budget of 12,157 crore rupees to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for the financial year 2018-19. Presented at the 145th Authority Meet, the budget gave a boost top major infrastructural development related to metro rail and Trans-Harbour link.
Apart from these two, the budget will increase the construction speed of various flyovers, creek bridges and roads in the State. Also, the budget offers Rs 4,700 crores for completion of metro rail project which includes Rs 1,588 crores allocation for the Dahisar to DN Nagar Metro-2A corridor, Rupees 1,262 crores for the Andheri (east) to Dahisar (east) Metro-7 corridor, 700 crores rupees for the DN Nagar to Mandale Metro-2B, 500 crores rupees for the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro-3 corridor, Rupees 450 crores for the Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavli Metro-4 corridor. Also, the budget made provision of 100 crores for the Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro-5 and Swami Samarth Nagar-JVLR-SEEPZ-Vikhroli Metro-6 corridors.
The budget for the financial year 2018-19 also approves 2,100 crores rupees to elevate the work of Mumbai Trans Harbour Link project. An MMRDA official was quoted saying, “This link will not only provide direct access to Navi Mumbai, the new international airport and be a convenient gateway to the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and further to southern India, but will also help develop the mainland.”
This budget assured the overall development of the State as the fund allocation of rupees 581 crores will regulate water supply of the ongoing 403 MLD Surya regional water supply scheme. The Mira-Bhayandar and Vasai-Virar municipal corporations will get relief from water crisis issue after the commencement of this water project. Also, the 1,611-crore rupees project will restore water from the Surya dam and will treat it before distributing it through an 88-km-long pipeline.
CM- Devendra Fadnavis also deputed MMRDA to form a labour welfare fund for the workers working in the Metro projects. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority [MMRDA] will also take legal actions against the contractors for any mishaps caused due to light, grievous and fatal injuries. UPS Madan, metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA, was quoted saying, “The MMRDA will soon draft a policy, based on which the sufferer and his family can be compensated.”