Infrastructure development in the country’s financial capital Mumbai is currently progressing at an accelerated pace and the city has already been witnessing dramatic changes in the status of infrastructure in recent years, top officials from Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority, Mumbai Metro Rail corporation and Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai told a gathering at the Indian Merchants’ Chamber here today. They were part of a panel discussion on ‘Mumbai’s Infrastructure – What is needed?’ organized by IMC.
Mr. Ajay Mehta, Municipal Commissioner, pointed out that infrastructure development must create more employment which in turn would create demand for housing as well as transport facilities to connect. The quality of life must improve with the provision of schools, hospitals, open spaces and places of leisure, he added.
“The quality of life would be evaluated by social equity in terms of gender equality and facilities for the disabled”, he asserted. To a comment about mangroves, he assured the house that mangroves will continue to remain a part of Mumbai and will be protected.
Listing various infrastructure projects that were completed recently including the Worli- Bandra sea link, the Eastern Freeway, Monorail and Metro I and II, Commissioner of MMRDA, Mr. U.P.S. Madan categorically stated that a lot is happening to make Mumbai a world class city.
“Several elevated corridor projects covering over 120 kilometers are starting simultaneously and in the next four years, the entire city will be covered by Metro”, he assured.
Managing Director of MMRC, Ms Ashwini Bhide pointed out that Metro 3 which is a Rs. 23,000 crore underground railway project from Colaba to Andheri via Bandra would be completed in about five years and work order for civil works will be awarded in three months.
‘Our Metro network is intended to provide uninterrupted connectivity to the citizens just like in cities like New York”, she remarked.
The panel discussion was moderated by Mr. R.N. Bhaskar, Consulting Editor, Free Press Journal.
Earlier, welcoming the officials, Mr. Dilip Piramal, President, IMC, said there was huge pressure on the city’s civic services as the existing infrastructure was unable to cope with rapidly expanding demand. “Affordable housing should be a priority”, he remarked.