MMRDA is now the new planning authority for Metro lines in the city

MMRDA has been accorded the status of the special planning authority, planning agency and nodal authority by the state government to speed up five upcoming Metro projects in Mumbai

MMRDA is now the new planning authority for Metro lines in the city

The state government has accorded the special planning authority status (SPA) to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for implementing Metro projects in the city. The MMRDA, hence, is the new planning agency and nodal authority of all Metro projects in Mumbai and its suburbs.

With a notification issued on June 30, under section 40 of the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act, 1996, the state government has appointed MMRDA as in-charge of the alignment of five Metro corridors- DN Nagar-Mandale (Metro 2B), Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavli (Metro 4), Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan (Metro 5), Swami Samarth Nagar-Jogeshwari-Vikroli (Metro 6) and Dahisar East-Mira Bhayander-Andheri East (Metro 9).

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It will get the possession of land parcels spread over 73 hectares in the city and Thane that will be used to build accompanying infrastructure for the Metro projects such as casting yards, depots without any interference or seeking permission from the BMC and others bodies. MMRDA will have the right to develop Metro stations commercially by constructing retail and office complexes.

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The land parcels given to MMRDA are at Goregaon, Dindoshi, Malvani (for office space), Mandale, Turbhe, Mulund (East) and Thane (for casting yard and metro depot).

MMRDA officials believe that the SPA status will give them a degree of autonomy for getting clearances from the government for the transfer of ownership of land. State chief minister Devendra Fadnavis is also positive about the handover of the authority and thinks that it will speed up the ongoing project. The Metro network is going to be spread across 276 km.

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