The city got a Christmas gift from the Devendra Fadnavis-led government on Wednesday in the form of major project announcements.On the last day of the winter session, the government announced it would start the pending CCTV camera network by March, fix automatic doors for Mumbai local trains, complete the second phase of the metro by September 2015 and map encroachments using satellite imagery.
The government also announced an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) for Nagpur, which will be a boost for students who want to pursue a management degree.
“Mumbai is the pride of Maharashtra and we want it to make the pride of the world. It is the country’s financial capital and it is necessary that we improve the infrastructure and quality of life in Mumbai to attract more investors,” chief minister Fadnavis told the legislative council.
He informed the Council that the CCTV project, which was proposed following the 2008 terror attack, will take shape before the March 2015 budget session.
“The financial bid is under the consideration of the chief secretary and around 5,000 cameras will be installed in prominent areas such as CST, Churchgate, Zaveri Bazaar, among others,” he said.
Automatic doors will be installed on local trains, he said, adding the government would first try them out on a few harbour line trains.
The CM also promised to fast-track the second phase of the metro, which will run between Sant Ghadge Maharaj Cowk and Wadala, and complete it by September 2015.
Taking serious cognisance of the issue of encroachments, Fadnavis said the entire city would be mapped using a satellite to make record of squatters. The government would then be able to take action against the officials concerned for not taking action.
When questioned by Opposition leader Dhananjay Munde on the CM’s right to set up a committee for Mumbai headed by the Prime Minister, Fadnavis clarified that his statement has been misconstrued.
Senior Congress legislator Manikrao Thakre alleged that the move was an attempt to attack the federal structure of the state and warned the government to desist from such a move.
“I have no right to set up a central committee and there is no move to separate Mumbai from the state. I have requested that a special committee, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, be formed to clear projects where the Centre is involved. It will facilitate in fast-tracking inter-ministerial permissions from the Central government,” he said.