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Government wants to hear your views on speeding up Virar-Alibaug corridor project

mumbai Updated: Nov 04, 2017 14:19 IST
Tanushree Venkatraman
Tanushree Venkatraman
Hindustan Times
Virar-Alibaug corridor,Regional Plan,MMRDA

The state wants the corridor plan included in the sanctioned Regional Plan (RP) 1999-2011 so that the project can be speeded up.(HT File / Photo for representational purpose )

The Maharashtra government has asked citizens to submit their suggestions and objections to the inclusion of the Virar-Alibaug multi-modal corridor in the sanctioned Regional Plan (RP) 1999-2011.

The RP is a document that looks at planning and development in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Putting the corridor in the 2011 RP increases its chances of being fast-tracked.

Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) officials said the corridor was marked in the RP 2016-36.

However, the RP 2036 is yet to be submitted to the state for final approval, a senior official said.

Senior officials said any modification to a sanctioned plan will require public scrutiny according to the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act (MRTP), 1966.

In a notification dated October 26, the urban development department has called for objections within 60 days from the date of publication.

The proposed corridor, which was drawn up in 2010, is now likely to take off by March next year.

“The RP 2036 is currently with the planning committee. It will be submitted to the state government for final approval. The process of land acquisition for the multi-modal corridor is currently ongoing,” said Dilip Kawathkar, joint project director, MMRDA.

The 126-km eight-lane corridor was proposed to create new growth areas in the MMR and decongest the city. It will connect Panvel, Bhiwandi, Virar, Kalyan, Pen, Uran and Alibaug.

The corridor between Navghar in Virar and Alibaug in Raigad will be built in phases.The plan will be available for public scrutiny at various government offices in Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Raigad.

Who can you write to?

Joint Director of Town Planning, Konkan division
3rd floor, main building, room no 305,
Konkan Bhavan, Navi Mumbai - 400601

First Published: Nov 04, 2017 14:19 IST