Maharashtra budget 2021: Infrastructure gets a major boost; INR 19,500 crores allocated

On Monday, March 8, the Finance Minister Ajit Pawar presented the budget for which INR 19,500 crores has been allocated for infrastructure.

Maharashtra budget 2021: Infrastructure gets a major boost; INR 19,500 crores allocated

With State Finance Minister Ajit Pawar presenting the budget on Monday, March 8, the Finance Minister asserted that the state is committed to better the infrastructure of Mumbai.

Moreover, he stated that INR 19,500 crores have been allocated for Mumbai adding that while some of these proposed projects have been funded, some new projects have also been launched. The developmental projects are mentioned down below:

  • Provision of INR 400 crores for the Balasaheb Thackeray Memorial.
  • A pedestrian bridge will be constructed between City Park and Maharashtra Nature Park in the Bandra-Kurla complex which is expected to cost INR 98.81 crores.
  • A separate cycle track to be set up on the East-West Expressway in Mumbai through the Mumbai Metropolitan Area Development Corporation.
  • A decision is to be reached with regards to the Sewage Treatment Plants at Worli, Bandra Bhandup Versova and Malad through the Mumbai Municipal Corporation.
  • A preliminary survey of the seawater desalination project is to be conducted at the Manori in Malad for which a detailed project report will be submitted before December 2021.
  • The Mithi river rehabilitation project, which is to start from March 2021 at an estimated cost of INR 450 crores.
  • Developmental work is to resume for the Dahisar Boisar and Oshiwara river rehabilitation, study on other rivers in Mumbai to continue.
  • The Finance Minister further informed that the work of Mumbai Coastal Road is planned to be completed before 2024.
  • Commencement of work on Bandra-Worli Sea Bridge.
  • Expenditure of INR 1,250 crores is expected for the 15 km long coastal road parallel to Thane Bay.
  • Tender for Goregaon-Mulund Link Road project at a cost of INR 6,600 crores.
  • Waterways will be developed between Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai. In the first phase, traffic will be resumed on the Vasai to Kalyan route. Jetties will be set up at Kolshet, Kalher, Dombivali and Mira Bhayander.
  • Construction of flyovers at Mumbra Bypass Junction, Sheel Kalyan Fata, Sheel Fata and Kalyan Junction, Widening of Highway, Work on Kalyan Fata Underpass are in progress.
  • Developmental work on seven flyovers in Mumbai is in progress.
  • Work on 337 km of 14 metro projects in Mumbai is nearing completion with efforts to complete Metro 2A and Metro 7 by 2021.
  • INR 7,500 crores circular metro project to be undertaken in Thane.
  • The state government further plans to complete the Shivdi-Nhava-Sheva project by September 2022.
  • Work on the Worli to Shivdi highway to connect the Bandra-Worli sea route to the Nhava-Sheva route has been started which is to complete in three years.
  • For the development work of Virar, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Panvel, Uran, Pen and Alibag, the land acquisition work of 126 km Virar to Alibag Multimodal Corridor connecting Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Navi Mumbai Airport and Shivdi-Nhava-Sheva route has been started by Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation.
  • Balasaheb Thackeray Samrudhi Highway work is 44 per cent complete, 500 km road will be open for traffic from May 1.
  • The Eastern Freeway will now be known as the Vilasrao Deshmukh East Freeway.
  • A mega electric charging centre will be set up on the Samrudhi Highway and the Nashik-Mumbai route.
  • Cabinet approval for the Mumbai-Nashik semi high-speed railway is on the pipelines.
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