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Maharashtra Govt to Develop Water Transport Around Thane, Mumbai, and Navi Mumbai


Maharashtra Govt to Develop Water Transport Around Thane, Mumbai, and Navi Mumbai
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The Maharashtra Government has said that it will develop waterways around Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, and Thane in line with some popular international destinations. The State Finance Minister and Deputy CM Ajit Pawar gave out the details while presenting the budget. 

“The government has decided to utilize the waterways around Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai for the purpose of water transport. Vasai to Kalyan water transport service will be made available in the first phase,” Pawar said.

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He also detailed some of the other infrastructure projects that have been proposed by the state. “The Bandra-Versova Sea Link work has already started. The project's length is 17 km and the estimated cost is ₹11,333 crore,” he said while adding that the goal is to provide transport facilities of “international standards in Mumbai”.

The Finance Minister further said that the Bandra-Versova-Virar Sea Link is expected to cost ₹42,000 crores and that the feasibility report for the same is ready. 

As per Pawar, a four-lane flyover that will connect Bandra-Worli Sea Link to Shivdi-Nhava Sheva trans harbour is currently under construction and will be ready in three years.

Further, the acquisition of land for the Virar-Alibaug Multimodal Corridor spanning 126 Km is said to be ongoing. This project will be undertaken by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) by spending ₹40,000 crores, Pawar said. When finished, this will establish connectivity between the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Navi Mumbai Airport, and Nhava Sheva-Shivdi Trans-harbor Link.  

Speaking on the proposed Thane coastal road spanning 15 Km and 40 meters in width, Pawar said that works are ongoing and that the project is expected to cost ₹1,250 crores. This coastal road will be situated parallel to Thane Creek. 

Meanwhile, the Finance Minister mentioned that the flyovers at Mumbra Bypass Junction, Shil Kalyan Phata, Shil Phata, and Kalyan Phata Junction are currently under construction along with the widening of the highway and construction of a new underpass near Kalyan Phata. 

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Pawar also provided an update on the status of the Metro lines in the Mumbai region, saying that 14 lines are at various points of completion while the Metro 2A and Metro 7 lines are expected to be ready by 2021. 

The ambitious Coastal Road Project is currently on course to be finished before 2024, Pawar said while adding that the construction of a tunnel in South Mumbai next to seven rail-over-bridges is also underway. 

The State is further planning sewage water treatment plants at Worli, Bandra, Dharavi, Ghatkopar, Bhandup, Versova, and Malad by spending ₹19,500 crores. 

Separately, officials are conducting a preliminary survey for a project that seeks to convert saline ocean water into potable water at Manori, Malad with a report expected to be available by December this year.

The rejuvenation of the Mithi River was also mentioned by the Finance Minister who said that the project will begin this month with an expected cost of ₹450 crores. He added that ₹1,550 crore has been aside to rejuvenate rivers in Dahisar, Poisar, and Oshiwara with the projects on course to begin soon. 

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