Fourth suburban section, Kharkopar to Nerul or Belapur CBD, begins.
Mumbai: At the pace, the development of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Mumbai Metro-politan Region (MMR) are being done in Raigad district, we will have to develop them as ‘Maham-umbai’, said chief minister Devendra Fadnavis while dedicating the fourth suburban section between Kharkopar and Nerul or Belapur CBD to citizens on Sunday.
The mobility plan for ‘Mahamumbai’ would be chalked out for better connectivity. Mr Fadnavis said that in the modern era transportation and mobility plays a key role in human habitation. “During earlier days of civilisation, people would settle near rivers where they could easily get water. But now, people have started habituating places which are equipped with means of transport and mobility,” he said.
Mr. Fadnavis also claim-ed that the development works that have been do-ne in last four years had not happened in last 70 years. He also recounted the works of last four ye-ars in the railway. Several hoardings of Mr Fadna-vis and Mr Goyal have been erected by local MLA Prashant Thakur on Kharkopar road or K.N. Gharat Marg.
The 27km-long project Nerul-Belapur-Uran corridor on the Harbour route of the central railway extends suburban trains to adjoining Raigad district. Kharkopar to Nerul or Belapur CBD is the first phase of this project. The second phase of 15 km project, Nerul-Belapur-Uran corridor, will be completed by 2019.
Referring to Anant Geete’s statement of Mahamumbai, Mr Fadnavis said, “Earlier we used to think about Mumbai, but now we will have to think about Mahamumbai.” The suburban jurisdiction of Mumbai is not limited. The jurisdiction of MMRDA should now be considered as Mumbai and an integrated mobility plan for the same should be developed, he added.
Mr. Fadnavis said, “On an average, the state received Rs 1000 crore annually from the Union government, during 2009 to 2014. Now, we are getting Rs 4500 crore annually. It means that the centre is giving four times more than what the last government gave.”