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'Mumbai rocks, do come here'

This is what Bollywood personalities had to tell the NRIs, report Vibhuti Agarwal and Sajjan Singh Thakur.

india Updated: Jan 09, 2006 02:22 IST
Sajjan Singh Thakur/Vibhuti Agarwal(
Sajjan Singh Thakur/Vibhuti Agarwal(

"Mumbai rocks. Do come here." This is what Bollywood personalities Subhash Ghai and Jackie Shroff had to tell the NRIs at one of the parallel sessions at thefourth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Hyderabad.

Shroff hastened to add, "Whenever there is a disaster in Mumbai, the city is on its toes. It is a place that helps to develop business."

The Bollywood duo were sharing the dais with Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, who informed about a mega labour project involving $10 million over a period of 11 years to be launched in the commercial capital of the country.

While giving this information during conclave on Sunday, the state chief minister said that two SEZ projects have been taken up by the Reliance Group in Maha Mumbai and Dhronagiri.

A 25-km trans-harbour link project with private players' participation has also been given the go-ahead, the tenders for which worth Rs 36,000 crore will be issued soon.

The taxi-revival project costing around Rs 6,000 crore is another high point of the Maharashtra-revamp campaign, he added.

Also, a 149-km metro project will cost Rs 15,000 crore in the first phase, while the second phase will involve around Rs 20,000 crore. The expansion of MMR region is also on the anvil.

While the urban renewal project at Dharawi spread over 177 hectares will cost around Rs 5000 crore, the International Finance Centre is also in the pipeline. A committee, headed by journalistMV Kamath, has been set up by the Government to this effect. The committee will submit its report in the next two months.

First Published: Jan 08, 2006 17:03 IST