Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Thursday announced that work order for the Mumbai coastal road sealink will be awarded before October 31. Whereas, in case of the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, the request for quotation (RFQ) will be sought within the next seven days, thus laying the grounds for expediting the projects which have been languishing for last the 20 years. The first flight from Navi Mumbai International Airport will become operational by the end of 2019.
While reiterating his government’s commitment to transform Mumbai into a world class city, with an International Finance Services Centre, Arbitration Centre, Fadnavis said, “What makes my resolve to take every project to its completion is the ability to acquire all the clearances in less than six months.”
While expressing amazement at the manner in which the most talked about “pet project” of successive chief ministers in the past remained only on paper, he said, “After taking charge of the government, in one year, I set the process moving seeking the Centre’s nod in just three months. All the notifications necessary for the project have been issued giving it an added momentum.”
The Rs 12,000 crore coastal sealink project spawning 35.6 km between Nariman Point and Kandivli, along the scenic seashore of Mumbai, he said, will change the lifestyle of Mumbaikars as it would ease the travelling time and traffic congestion along the western express way. The state government also intends to landscape the coastal stretch, which it believes would be a great tourist attraction.
Explaining the paradigm shift in the work culture, he said, “The 108 km metro project will be completed in four years. With the help of Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, we have started the process for elevated railway corridors between CST and Panvel and Churchgate to Virar. The DPR for these project will be ready by August 15, 2016. Simultaneously, we are working on an integrated transport model, where single ticket, for mono, metro, local trains and bus services would be operational. The objective is ease of travelling, where individuals can swap one ticket for boarding any transport within the city and its suburbs.”