The MMRDA (Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority) has announced that the city will undergo an overhaul of its infrastructure at a cost of Rs 76,299 crore over the next couple of years.  

As per current estimates, the MMRDA will open Metro Line 2A (Dahisar-DN Nagar) and Line 7 (Dahisar East - Andheri East) by the end of 2020. An additional five metro lines are expected to be completed over two years, while Line 2B (DN Nagar-Mandale), Line 4 (Wadala-Kasarvadavali) and Line 6 (Swami Samarth Nagar-Vikhroli) will be finished shortly after. This ambitious project will eventually cater to 50 lakh commuters in the city spanning 98 stations. 

The MMRDA added that Rs 44,869 crore has been earmarked for Metro projects, where 550 engineers, 8,500 skilled workers, and 9,500 unskilled labourers are expected to be at work. This, in turn, will provide employment in steel, cement, technology, electronics, and ancillary sectors.

MMRDA’s Metropolitan Commissioner, RA Rajeev said “We are overcoming the biggest challenge one might face, which was to do these development projects without having to completely stop the vehicular traffic even for 10 minutes. Mumbaikars have shown great patience, now it is time to reap rewards.”

Separately, Rs 31,430 crore will be reportedly spent on road projects to ensure the easing of traffic in the city. This includes the Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL) and the Virar-Alibaug Multi-Modal Corridor

An additional Rs 17,843 crore will be spent on pairing Sewri with Nhava Sheva as well as a six-lane bridge over the Mumbai Harbour. This bridge will also connect Sewri to Worli. The company is planning to connect a variety of other key parts of the city with regions like Balavali, Alibaug, and Virar at a cost of Rs 9,326 crore and Rs 3,649 crore. The authorities have reportedly completed most of the land acquisition and are expected to finish the rest by early 2021.

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