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Rs 4,028 cr-boost for infra projects

The city’s infrastructure projects received a big boost on Saturday when Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan approved the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority’s (MMRDA) Rs 4,028.57-crore budget for 2013-14. The CM is also the chairman of the MMRDA.

The budget provides a Rs 622-crore boost to the Extended Mumbai Urban Infrastructure Project for six flyovers, a creek-bridge at Vasai between Naigaon and Bhayendar and over 90-km of road network in Vasai, Thane, Kalyan, Dombivli, Ambernath, Karjat, Badlapur and Arnala.

The development authority has also made provision of Rs 20 crore for conducting feasibility surveys for eight new projects such as the Shirgaon-Padgha-Titwala-Badlapur Link (37-km), Kalyan ring road (29.70-km) and the Neral-Dasturi Naka-Matheran road (8-km).

The biggest boost, however, comes for the Metro and Monorail projects with the MMRDA allocating Rs 608 crore for the Mumbai Metro Rail Project.

A major chunk of this (Rs 500 crore) has been kept aside for the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro corridor. A further Rs 600 crore goes to the Mono Rail Project while Rs 200 crore has been earmarked for the completion of the Santacruz-Chembur Link Road, work for which is progressing on a war footing.

Who gets what
Mumbai Monorail – Rs 600 crore
Mumbai Metro Rail – Rs 608 crore
S’Cruz-Chembur Link Road – Rs 200 crore
Various rail projects on the western and central lines – Rs 300 crore
Mumbai Trans Harbour Link – Rs 150 core
Sewri-Worli connector – Rs 50 crore
Elevated road from BKC to Eastern Express Highway – Rs 50 crore
Kherwadi flyover – Rs 22 crore
Noise barriers for flyovers – Rs 35 crore  

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