With big-ticket projects such as the Navi Mumbai International Airport, Mumbai Urban Transport Project 3A and Coastal Road project underway, connectivity in Mumbai and its peripheral areas is set to see a paradigm shift.
Commuters in Mumbai grappling with traffic snarls and poor infrastructure are set to heave a sigh of relief. In a major push to urban infrastructure in Mumbai, the government has increased their spend on transport tremendously in the last five years. This is evident from the fact that the Centre and State cabinet have made a combined investment to the tune of Rs 2.75 lakh crore on key connectivity projects, which are scheduled to be completed in the next five to six years. Further, to strengthen the railway network across Maharashtra, the government has spent Rs 4,345 crore between 2014 and 2018, almost four times the amount spent between 2009 and 2014.
According to Niranjan Hiranandani, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Hiranandani Group and National President, NAREDCO, “Mumbai is witnessing unprecedented growth in infrastructure and transport owing to massive investments being made by the government in the last five years.” Interestingly, most of these connectivity projects including the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL), Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) and Mumbai Urban Transport Project 3A (MUTP 3A) have already taken off and opened up large parcel of lands for development.
Let us have a look at these connectivity projects and their role in enhancing the connectivity in the city:
- Mumbai Trans Harbour Link: Also known as the Sewri-Nhava Sheva Trans Harbour, the 21.8 km-long Mumbai Trans Harbour Link is a freeway grade road bridge that will link Mumbai to Navi Mumbai. Apart from improving connectivity, the bridge will cut down the distance between Panvel and South Mumbai and will play a vital role in developing Panvel as the new Central Business District (CBD).
- Multimodal Corridor from Virar to Alibaug: One of the most ambitious projects of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), the 126 km-long multimodal corridor will cut down the travel time between Virar and Alibaug by half. Of late, the project has geared some pace as the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA - the development body in-charge of the project) has prepared the blue print of the Rs 23,000 crore project. The corridor will pass through Panvel’s premium residences leading to infrastructure development and creation of employment opportunities in seven centres of MMR including Panvel.
- Mumbai Urban Transport Project 3A: The Mumbai Urban Transport Project 3A (MUTP 3A) is another big-ticket project that recently received the Cabinet nod at a revised estimated cost of Rs 33,690 crore. Under MUTP 3A, the government has approved a series of suburban rail infrastructure projects including:
- Extension of Harbour line between Goregaon and Borivali
- Fifthand sixth line on Borivali-Virar corridor
- Fourth line on Kalyan-Asangaon stretch
- Third and fourth line between Kalyan-Badlapur corridor
- Kalyan yard – segregation of long distance and suburban traffic
- Communications-based Train Control system on Harbour, Central and Western lines
The project will give a boost to the city’s suburban rail infrastructure.
- Coastal Road project: The Coastal Road is a 29.2 km-long under-construction freeway that would run parallel to the Mumbai's western coastline and connect Marine Lines in the South to Kandivali in the North. Estimated to cost Rs 12,000 crore, the ambitious project will decongest traffic and reduce travel time between North and South Mumbai by 70 percent. The eight-lane road will have six lanes dedicated to vehicular traffic while the remaining two lanes will be reserved for a BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) corridor.
- Navi Mumbai International Airport: The most awaited project in Navi Mumbai, the Navi Mumbai International Airport is being constructed under the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model at an estimated cost of Rs 16,704 crore. The under-construction airport is anticipated to take a lot of pressure off the Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport and pave the way for development in Uran, Karjat, Panvel, New Panvel and Khalapur. The State government has also identified 500 sq km of area around the airport as Navi Mumbai Airport Influence Notified Area (NAINA) where it plans to create an Aerocity leading to holistic development (commercial, residential, hospitality, entertainment and health factors) of the region. Property prices in key micro-markets have already escalated ever since the announcement of the new airport.
In addition to these big-ticket projects, Mumbai along with MMR will get 275 km of metro rail network by 2022.
From less than USD 3 billion combined in the last 60-70 years to USD 30 billion in the last five years, the government spend on transport alone in the island city has increased tenfold. Hiranandani adds that there is a new paradigm shift happening in the city in terms of transport that will bring about a sea-change in the next five to six years. However, the government needs to ensure that these big-ticket projects, which are already delayed, do not face any hurdles and are finished within the stipulated deadline.
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