Infrastructure projects in Maharashtra get vital thrust
Funds allocated for Nasik-Pune,
Manmad-Indore via Malegaon, Dhule & other railway projects;
nod to Nariman Point-Borivli
West Coast Water Transport Project
Monday March 26, 2012 10:41:01 PM,
Mumbai: Infrastructure development in Mumbai and
the rest of Maharashtra will get a significant thrust with a
series of mega-projects lined up as part of efforts to make
India's commercial capital a world-class city in the state budget
for 2012-13, presented here Monday.
A host of projects totally worth Rs.1,488 crore have been lined up
for the year with Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Ajit
Pawar acknowledging that the infrastructure here needs a boost.
The projects lined up include 11 new roads, seven flyovers, three
creek bridges for Mumbai and three rail overbridges serving the
adjacent Thane and Raigad districts.
The ambitious but much-discussed and delayed Nariman Point-Borivli
West Coast Water Transport Project, estimated to cost around
Rs.750 crore will be undertaken jointly by the state government,
Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority and City and
Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) which serves Thane.
On the other hand, a similar East Coast Water Transport Project
from Nerul-Gateway of India in South Mumbai and beyond till Mandwa
in Raigad would be implemented on a Build-Operate-Transfer mode by
Maharashtra State Roads Development Corporation (MSRDC).
"Both these (water transport) projects are expected to be
completed by June 2014. As a result, faster, cheaper and
environment-friendly passenger transport facility options will be
made available to commuters," Ajit Pawar assured.
Besides Mumbai, the government plans to give an impetus with
financial allocation to various railway projects coming up across
The projects include: Ahmednagar-Beed-Parli Vaijnath,
Wardha-Nanded via Yavatmal-Pusad, Manmad-Indore via Malegaon,
Manikgad-Gadchandur-Adilabad, Chakur-Asangaon as well as goods
terminuses at Aundh, Nashik, as well as new railway lines linking
Pune-Nashik and Karad-Chiplun.