THE MUMBAI Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has announced that land for the construction of the Virar-Alibaug multi-modal corridor will be acquired through the direct purchase model. Sanjay Khandare, additional metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA, said, “We will be adopting the Maharashtra Samruddhi Corridor’s direct purchase scheme for acquiring land for the project. We require around 1,000 hectares of land for the corridor.”
The decision was taken on Wednesday during a meeting with collectors all three districts — Thane, Palghar and Alibaug — through which the 126-km corridor will pass. Khandare said, “We have given all the details to the collectors and they will soon publish public notices. We should begin work in eight to nine months.”
Earlier, MMRDA was planning to adopt land pooling model for the project, but had to rethink after it failed to find takers with the Samruddhi Corridor.
Passing through 32 villages, the corridor will have interchange nodes with highways like NH-8, Bhiwandi bypass, NH-3, NH-4 and NH-4B, Mumbai-Pune Expressway, NH-17, among others. The corridor is also proposed to have a Metro line, passing through the median.