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Chief secretary, metropolitan chief to hold meet on infrastructure projects

mumbai Updated: Sep 16, 2011 00:53 IST
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In an attempt to resolve their differences over infrastructure projects in the city, the state's two senior bureaucrats - chief secretary and metropolitan commissioner - will be meeting on Friday.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) under its commissioner Rahul Asthana will give a presentation on various infrastructure projects such as Metro and monorail projects to chief secretary Ratnakar Gaikwad on Friday.

Before taking over as the chief secretary earlier this year, Gaikwad headed the MMRDA.

Both Gaikwad and Asthana have been finding that their viewpoints over the infrastructure projects in the city are not the same.

Owing to delays over projects such as Metro and monorail, the authority has been facing criticism from all quarters in the recent past.

Since the time he took charge, Asthana has scrapped several plans initiated by Gaikwad. Asthana claimed that the MMRDA has taken up too much on its plate and needs to prioritise and limit itself with regards to the infrastructure projects.

"We seriously need to reconsider our priorities. The main job of the authority is to improve transport and communication facilities in Mumbai region," said Rahul Asthana earlier this month.

"We will concentrate on doing that in the city," he added.

The problems began when Ratnakar Gaikwad, in his attempt to convert Mumbai into a top-class city, floated many offbeat proposals during his tenure as MMRDA commissioner.

The projects included setting up a Rs 100 crore mangrove park in Gorai, Rs 10,000 crore innovation park, and getting into power generation.