To decongest Mumbai city and create planned residential and commercial hubs in the Mumbai metropolitan region (MMR),the South Korean government will conduct a study for the citys development authority and come up with a detailed plan for growth centres along the proposed multi-modal corridor.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) plans to build a 126-km corridor connecting towns such as Virar,Bhiwandi,Kalyan,Dombivali,Panvel,Uran,Pen and Alibaug.
The development authority is also in talks with the World Bank to provide financial assistance to implement part of the project once the report is ready.
Ashwini Bhide,additional metropolitan commissioner at the MMRDA,said the development authority has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the South Korean government. Accordingly,a think-tank constituted under the South Korean Ministry of Land,Infrastructure and Transport will take up the study for growth centres under its own budget.
We had a basic idea of having seven growth centres,but a detailed plan has to be made. They will visit the sites and suggest places along the multi-modal corridor where growth centres can be created and in what manner. They will also come up with a detailed financing plan for it. The study will start in December and is expected to take a year, Bhide said.
The Korean model of land use development has faced constraints similar to those in India and could be suitably modified and used in developing the eastern MMR, she added.
The study will also involve training of senior MMRDA officials. The plans,development models and the funding patterns as suggested by the study will be submitted to the state government for approval.
In 2008,the state government,with financial assistance from the World Bank,had prepared a comprehensive transport study,which had recommended a multi-modal corridor and an initial concept of growth centres,which the South Korean think-tank will take into account.
As per the basic plan that the MMRDA had sketched,the seven growth centres along the corridor are to be located at Virar,Chinchoti in Vasai taluk,Anjurdive in Bhiwandi,Ulhasnagar,Kalamboli in Navi Mumbai,Panvel and Kon in Panvel taluk.
Meanwhile,the development authority is also putting up the multi-modal corridor for environment and forest clearance. The project,the cost of which is estimated to be Rs 12,975 crore,will comprise Metro lines,lanes for vehicular traffic,dedicated bus lanes,a cycling track and pedestrian walkways.