The Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) has decided to enter the power generation sector to curb power cuts and aid industrial growth. It has also decided to take up water projects to solve the water shortage in the region.
Senior MMRDA officials said the proposal,still in the nascent stage,is being worked out with the help of several other agencies.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region,about 10 times the size of Mumbai city,has been facing power shortage that has severely hit industries. Our focus would be on industries as well as residential areas. The KPMG,our consultant firm,is working out the financial details, said a senior MMRDA official. We would be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (MahaGenco) for electricity generation.
The agency would also tie up with the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO). An in-principle approval has already been given. CIDCO is the planning authority for Navi Mumbai and neighbouring areas of Uran,Kharghar and Panvel. Notably,CIDCO is aiming at generating electricity to run a Metro Rail which it has planned in Navi Mumbai,as the area suffers from regular load-shedding.
The power generation would be gas based,MMRDA officials added.
Similarly,to curb water shortage,the nodal infrastructure agency has also decided to tie up with the Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP),a body of the states irrigation department,to carry out a survey for the construction of the Shai and Poshir dams in Thane district.
Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in the region have various water sources. But they have proved to be inadequate. Building the dams would help in solving the water problem in areas like Mira Road,Bhayander,Uttan,Gorai,Manori and Vasai-Virar.
The agency has also paid Rs 96 crore to the state forest department as compensation during the construction of Surya dam. The dam benefits areas like Palghar and Dahanu in Thane district.