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Mumbai after 20 years - How MMRDA Is Working Towards It?

13 July 2016

“Mumbai is the City of Dreams” - that’s a statement uttered by many Mumbaikars and Indians from other parts of the country that have moved to this city, or have aspirations to do so. Being the financial capital of India and the hub for the most popular entertainment industry (Bollywood), Mumbai certainly is a place where millions have been able to fulfill their dreams. Perhaps, you too may be one of them. Don’t you think it is time to pay back to this wonderful city that has got overpopulated, and faces space constraint almost everywhere?

The people who have been living in this city for several decades now are now heard talking about it getting congested, more polluted and unhealthy, and so on. Such cribbing never makes for a healthy environment, and if this continues, then, the future does seem grim for Mumbai. However, the reality is that there are certain plans in place that could possibly make Mumbai a dream city to live and work in, 20 years from now. Yes, you heard it right? The MMRDA (Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority) has proposed several future development plans for Mumbai. Let us check out some of them.

Extensive Metro Network

The existing metro stretch from Andheri to Ghatkopar has made lives easy for several daily commuters in Mumbai, by establishing a great connectivity from the suburbs to the central side of Mumbai. Well, the good news is that MMRDA has finalized a plan to build an extensive Metro network with lines that would potentially cover 118 kms across Mumbai. Wouldn’t that be great?

Well, MMRDA had a Master Metro plan in place previously, with regards to which it had already got Maharashtra State Government’s approvals for Metro 3 (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ) and Metro 4 (Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavli). However, in addition to these two lines, it has now updated the master plan by proposing four new Metro lines that include the following:

Mankhurd-Bandra Kurla Complex (12 kms)

DN Nagar-Dahisar (18 kms)

Andheri East-Dahisar East (17 kms)

JVLR-Kanjurmarg (12 kms)

Mumbai Urban Transport Project

With the help of World Bank, MMRDA has undertaken / formulated this project in order to improve the traffic situation in Mumbai, through better transport connectivity. As per this project, a fast corridor will be built from CST (Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus) to Panvel, along with a connection to the planned new airport (at Navi Mumbai).

Another major milestone planned as per this project is the extension of the harbour train line till Borivali in the western suburbs of Mumbai. And it would even involve laying down several additional railway tracks on the existing routes.

Station Area Traffic Improvement Scheme

The scheme is already underway as MMRDA has implemented the skywalk in Bandra east side, and the elevated deck for TMT buses along with elevated concourse for suburban ticket booking office at Thane station. Now, this scheme aims to build several skywalks, separate parking areas for autorickshaws and taxis, foot over bridges, etc. to make it convenient for commuters and pedestrians to move around four of the most over-crowded suburban railway stations like Dadar, Borivali, Chembur and Ghatkopar.

Horde of Business Hubs

If office goers and business owners are proud of the significantly dense business hub created at Bandra-Kurla Complex, then, there is more good news in store of Mumbaikars. The MMRDA has already planned to make Mumbai a smarter city by having five new business hubs. The locations shortlisted for these new business hubs in Mumbai are:

  • Kanjurmarg
  • Kalyan
  • Bhiwandi
  • Kalwa
  • Vasai-Virar

If all goes well, these new business centres will be well connected in terms of transport through metro and road.

There are many more such plans being prepared by MMRDA to improve the infrastructure and transport system of Mumbai in a significant manner. The efforts are clearly seen, and one could expect Mumbai to become a very well organized city in the next two decades. And that would be a dream come true for millions of Mumbaikars!