A day after he promised faster green clearances for Mumbai’s long-pending big-ticket transport projects, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis pushed for immediate implementation of the closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) surveillance plan, to improve the city’s safety. This plan has been on paper since the 26/11 terror attacks.
While directing authorities to install CCTVs in the city at the earliest, Fadnavis asked for similar projects in Pune, Nashik, Nagpur and Aurangabad. He also asked the police department to enhance security in the state.
The CM directed all planning agencies involved in infrastructure projects to fast-track necessary follow-ups with authorities concerned. Although most of these projects were planned by the previous Congress-NCP regime, delay in approvals and the lack of coordination between agencies caused most to be indefinitely stalled.
He directed all departmental heads to initiate follow-ups in New Delhi, where the BJP-led government has assured all assistance from the ministry of environment and forests, shipping and ports for the city’s infrastructure projects.
“We need to work in a time-bound manner to ease commuters’ troubles,” the CM said at a meeting, during which he reviewed a proposal for constructing a coastal road from Nariman Point to Kandivli. According to estimates, nearly 9.8km of the sea will have to be reclaimed for the road, and this requires a green clearance.
Another project he wants to fast track is the trans-harbour link, pending for more than a decade. It is a 22-km bridge, of which 16.5 km will be built on the sea. The six-lane bridge will comprise a 5.5-km viaduct, to be built on land at Sewri and Nahava. He also discussed the Navi Mumbai aiport project, for which 25% land is yet to be acquired.