Devendra Fadnavis briefs Rajnath Singh on security in Mumbai

A high alert has been sounded across cities following the surgical strikes by India on terror camps across the LOC.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:October 1, 2016 2:00 am
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Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday held a meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to brief him about internal security in Mumbai.

This is in the wake of a high alert in the state, which lies along the coastal stretch, and considering the proximity to neighbourhood nation Pakistan.

A high alert has been sounded across cities following the surgical strikes by India on terror camps across the LOC.

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Fadnavis, who met the Singh in Delhi, appraised him of measures taken to scale up internal security.

Mumbai being the financial capital of India is prone to more pressure when it comes to security. Sources in the union government said, “The 720 km coastal stretch along Maharashtra is always factored along with other sensitive establishments across Mumbai and state.”

Fadnavis also held a meetings with various union ministers to take forward mega-projects which have been in pipeline.

At a meeting with Union Minister for Petroleum Dharmendra Pradhan, the chief minister mooted a gas pipeline along the Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi Corridor.

The refinery at Sindhudurg approved by the union cabinet was discussed to take the process forward. The Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi Corridor, dotted with 24 cities along the nodes and covering ten districts is worth Rs 46,000 crore. The minister urged officials to prepare a report in consultation with MSRDC and submit the proposal for approval within a month.

The chief minister’s pet project has set aside Rs 500 crore for utilities and Rs 12,000 crore for development of township along the eight lane expressway which promises economic growth in drought districts. It covers Vidarbha, Marathwada, Western Maharashtra, North Maharashtra and Konkan.

Fadnavis said, “At the meeting, it was decided that officials from Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority and Government of India will sit together and take a decision on permission for Coastal Road within one month.”

Another significant project discussed related to coastal regulation zone permission for Malad Seweage Plant. The project would benefit 50 lakh people in the vicinity as it entails sewage treatment before it is let out in sea.

The chief minister said, “For every project, we have to rush to the centre for coastal regulation clearances. I urged the minister to allow competent authority in the state to take decisions to expedite the work.”

Earlier, the chief minister attended the INDOSAN (Indian Sanitation Conference) in New Delhi. The conclave was led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief ministers from across states.

The chief minister also thanked the centre for giving Rs 45 crore incentive to state for AMRUT reforms.