Union minister Venkaiah Naidu has assured that Rs 100 crore would be released by the urban development ministry he heads for improving public bus services in municipal corporations of Kalyan, Dombivili, Meera-Bhayandar, Navi Mumbai and Solapur.
The new buses will cover municipal corporation areas across Navi Mumbai, Meera-Bhayander, Kalyan and Dombivali. A BJP delegation from the state met Naidu and other leaders in Delhi to expedite several pending projects before the Assembly elections. Naidu has conveyed to BJP state president Devendra Fadnavis the centre’s decision to make budgetary allocations to improve public transport system in the suburbs of Mumbai and adjoining municipal corporations.
Earlier, Fadnavis submitted a list of proposals to Naidu asking for funds to enable the state government to purchase new buses. Naidu indicated that several infrastructure projects related to Mumbai will be accorded high priority.
Ahead of Assembly elections in October, Fadnavis, with his team of Mumbai leaders, listed works that can be expedited by the Centre. During his visit to Delhi last week, he met several central ministers and submitted pending proposals.
Although the mega-projects are under state government’s purview, state BJP leaders are pursuing them to ensure they can project a positive image of the Narendra Modi led government.