Projects Info takes a closer look at the various transportation projects envisaged by the newly joined MMRDA commissioner, Rahul Asthana
Our Mumbai Bureau
Rahul Asthana, the vibrant new MMRDA commissioner has unveiled a Rs 224,000 crore ($ 50 bn) for the upgradation of Mumbai's crumbling infrastructure. Asthana was addressing a meeting on ‘Mumbai's development -- MMRDA's Vision', organised by Indian Merchants Chamber recently. IMC's Vice President-elect, Niranjajn Hiranandani, complimented the MMRDA for taking up major projects for revolutionizing the urban transport system in Mumbai metropolitan region. He said the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) covers 4,355 sq km area, which included entire Mumbai, parts of Thane and Raigad Districts. The MMR contained 20 urban local bodies (8 municipal morporations and 9 municipal councils) and sheltered 21 million population. It had a vehicular population of 2.2 million.
As for its strategic importance, he said “MMR had two ports in Mumbai which handle 60 per cent of the country's container trade, and it shared about 38 per cent and 26 per cent of international and domestic air traffic respectively. At present, 11 million people (78 per cent of the total population) travelled daily by public pransport. Mumbai is surrounded by water on three sides and has a good potential for using the water transport. MMRDA has been entrusted to implement PWT and Ro-Ro Services between Ferry Wharf to Navi Mumbai (Nerul) and between Ferry Wharf to Old RCF Jetty at Mandwa.”
Besides, the PWT projects, for coping with the difficult transport problem, the MMRDA updated on the progress of the much awaited metro rail projects.
Asthana said the MMRDA was also implementing a Monorail Project, the first Monorail project in India. “Objective is to provide a efficient feeder system to Suburban and Metro Rail corridors, suitable in most congested areas where other mass transit systems like BRT, Metro can not be implemented. This transport system has many advantages; it requires only 1m wide space, rests on a single pillar of height 6.5 m causes least disturbance to at grade traffic; it is less noisy, eco-friendly and hence easily acceptable. We want to complete this project before May 2011,” he added.
“Many areas in city and suburbs are not served by rail based system and the Rail network expansion has failed to keep pace with demand. Yet another key project taken on hand by MMRDA was the 140 km long Multi Modal Corridor between Virar in the north and Alibaug in South. The cost of the project was estimated at Rs 10,000 crore," Asthana said.
He said that he has strong misgivings about the feasibility of the proposed passenger water transport project between Gorai and Nariman Point on Mumbai's western flank of Arabian Sea. However, on the Eastern flank of Mumbai, between Nerul and Ferry Wharf in South Mumbai and that also between Ferry Wharf and Mandwa in Uran, is a feasible proposition and MMRDA will take it up for implementation soon.
On Fast Track
Metro Railway corridor (spanning 11.77 km between Varsova, Andheri and Ghatkopar,) which will cost Rs 2,356 crore, and is expected to be completed by December 2011.
- Metro Railway corridor ( spanning a total length of 31.87 km between Charkop-Bandra- Mankhurd Corridor ), expected to cost Rs.8250 crore, and to be completed by 2015
- Metro Railway corridor ( spanning a total length of 20 km between Colaba-Mahim - Bandra ), costing Rs.12,000 crore and to be implemented between 2012 and 2018.