The Mumbai New Development Plan-2034 (DP-2034) is based on a new liberal paradigm. It sees an important role for planning as well as markets and, therefore, both the government and the private sector. ´The plan is pragmatic instead of being ideological,´ says Sitaram Kunte, Municipal Commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (read exclusive interview on DP-2034 in following page). With reference to the Mumbai Next plan, key projects include development of the Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link, Coastal Road, and Metro and Monorail network according to MMRDAs ´Comprehensive Transport Study´ to enhance development in the entire MMR region. ´The cognizance of components of all these measures related to Mumbai has been already taken in Draft DP-2034,´ affirms Kunte. Here´s a look at the upcoming projects to be executed by the corporation to transform Mumbai.
Two dam projects and one river linking project will take-off as part of the Mumbai Next initiative. Of these:
Gargai dam is proposed to be constructed at village Oghale, Taluka Palghar, to supply 440 mld water to the city. At present, it is at the planning stage; it may commence in 2016-17 and is likely to be completed by 2020-21.
Pinjal dam is proposed to be constructed at village Khidse, Taluka Jawhar, District Palghar, to supply 865 mld water to the city. At present, it is at the planning stage; it may commence in 2016-17 and is likely to be completed by 2024-25.
The DPR for the Damangana-Pinjal interstate river linking project has been completed by the National Water Development Agency (the coordinating agency). Likely to be completed by 2024-25, this project will supply 1,586 mld water from Damanganga river into the Pinjal impoundage and further to Mumbai. MCGM has recommended that the Maharashtra Government and Government of India declare this project - an MoU between the Maharashtra chief minister, Gujarat chief minister and Ministry of WRD, Government of India - a national one.
Solving traffic woes
With the quick transportation and smooth movement of vehicular traffic being an imperative in Mumbai, MCGM has decided to resolve the problem of traffic jams and bottleneck. ´Hence, we have taken in hand two prominent projects, Coastal Road and the Goregaon Mulund Link Road (GMLR) for East-West connectivity,´ confirms Kunte.
The 34.55-km Coastal Road has been proposed from Nariman Point to Kandivali Junction. Consultant Stup + E&Y consortium has been appointed to prepare a feasibility report, detailed project report (DPR), report on environmental studies and obtain Ministry of Environment and Forest clearance. The bid for process management is in an advanced stage of finalisation. ´Environmental clearance is being sought urgently from the Central Government and is expected soon,´ says Kunte. ´If all clearances are in place, we propose to issue tenders and start work in 2015-16.´
As for the 14.66-km GMLR project, Kunte adds that it has been planned to facilitate fast and speedy movement of vehicular traffic from the eastern to the western suburbs. Preparation of feasibility report and DPR are under progress by Pentacle Consultant India.
Proposed tunnels and tenders on the way
MCGM has proposed two water tunnels - the 9.66-km Amar Mahal-Wadala-Parel tunnel and the 5.5-km Amar Mahal-Trombay tunnel - to improve water supply in Mumbai. Currently at the planning stage, the construction of these tunnels is likely to commence by March 2016 and be completed by 2020-21. That said, tender updates for prominent projects are as follows:
Additionally, MCGM is to complete construction works on two tunnels: the 2.2-km Veravali to Powai tunnel and 4.4-km Powai to Ghatkopar tunnel. As Kunte tells us, for the 2.2-km tunnel, boring has been completed and lining work will be undertaken by the first week of April. As for the 4.4-km tunnel, tunnel boring has been completed for 468 m. However, the TBM has been retracted owing to the adverse soil strata below Powai Lake. While expert opinion is being sought for the same, physical progress stands at 30 per cent.
Further, MCGM has prepared the Roads Master Plan for the year 2015-16:
Deadlines for pending projects
As part of the plan, deadlines are being set for pending projects. For instance, DPR for the Rs 1,200-crore Brihanmumbai Stormwater Disposal System (BRIMSTOWAD), which aims to overhaul the city´s water drainage system, was submitted to the Central Government in 2007. The scope of the project includes rehabilitation of underground drains in the city, training and widening of nullahs in suburbs, and construction of eight storm-water pumping stations. Phase-I and Phase-II comprise a total of 58 works. With 26 works completed, 29 works are being processed and three tenders are in progresss. Total expenditure to date is Rs 1,841 crore, of which Rs 1,000 crore has been received from the government. The revised DPR with a total cost of Rs 3,900 crore has been submitted to the government for sanction. Further, Phase-II of the 17.84-km Mithi River Project involves widening and deepening construction of RCC wall and bridge. Five out of 12 bridges have been completed, with the balance work amounting to Rs 664.11 crore. The revised DPR has been submitted to the Central Government for financial assistance of Rs 1,657.11 crore (MCGM and MMRDA).