Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority’s budget for the coming year focuses entirely on completing ongoing infrastructure projects, with generous allocations for the second phase of the monorail project, flyovers at busy junctions, widening of roads and buying new local trains.
The MMRDA presented its Rs 3,832-crore budget to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday.
It has allocated Rs 402 crore for the monorail project, and a significant sum for construction of flyovers at busy junctions such as BKC and Chheda Nagar.
The Mumbai Urban Transport Projects (MUTP-I and II) have been given Rs 1,005 crore to buy new local trains.
Mumbai Urban Infrastructure Project (MUIP) was allotted Rs 161 crore for the completion of the Kherwadi flyover, BKC-Chunabhatti Elevated Road and the Andheri- Ghatkopar link road.
Another Rs 758 crore has been given for the Extended MUIP, which will improve and widen roads in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).
These roads include the Khopoli City ring road, Bhiwandi ring road, Kalyan ring road and the link road connecting Shirgaon Phata and Badlapur. The amount will also be used for beautification of the Neral-Dasturi and Dasturi-Matheran roads and a bridge over Revas creek.
The Metro 3 project has received Rs 180 crore, MMRDA has sanctioned Rs 27 crore for various studies for the Metro 2 and Metro 4 projects.
The development authority has also provided for the protection of the Mithi River, with an allocation of Rs 32 crore, and Rs 87.90 crore for the development of water resources in the Mumbai metropolitan region.
In its last budget, the development authority could spend only Rs 2,690 crore of the total Rs 4,240 crore, as the money set aside for Metro 3 and MUTP were not used. “As the Metro 3 project saw no development in the past one year, we could not use the allotted amount. Similarly, we could use only Rs 475 crore of Rs 1,000 crore allotted for MUTP,” said a senior MMRDA official, requesting anonymity.
Experts called the budget routine. “We had expected some major decisions, but this is a routine budget. It is good MMRDA has made a provision to conserve the Mithi River and develop water resources. But there should be investigations about the MMRDA’s performance in implementing infrastructure projects,” said a transport expert, not wishing to be named.