MMRDA's Transformative Journey: A Year of Monumental Achievements in 2023

Naomi Pandya Posted on: 2024-01-01 06:00:00 Viewer: 2,081 Comments: 0 Country: India City: Mumbai

MMRDA's Transformative Journey: A Year of Monumental Achievements in 2023

Mumbai, India (Urban Transport News): In the dynamic landscape of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), the year 2023 witnessed a paradigm shift in transportation infrastructure, thanks to the visionary initiatives led by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) under Chief Minister Eknath Shinde's dynamic leadership. From the successful completion of the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) to strategic expansions in Metro Services and the establishment of growth centers, MMRDA played a pivotal role in reshaping the region's future. This article delves into the significant achievements, progress updates, and the sustainable impact of MMRDA's transformative efforts in 2023.

Elevating Transportation Infrastructure

Under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) achieved remarkable milestones in redefining the region's transportation infrastructure. From the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) to the expansion of Metro Services, MMRDA played a pivotal role in shaping a promising future for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).

Successful Completion of MTHL and Metro Services Expansion

In 2023, the construction works associated with the MTHL, the longest sea bridge in India, were successfully concluded. This monumental achievement is set to elevate the transportation infrastructure of the MMR to unprecedented heights in a remarkably short period.

Metro Depot Developments

As part of the well-planned expansion of Metro Lines, MMRDA focused on acquiring essential land parcels. Notably, 15 hectares of Government Land in Kanjur and 59.79 hectares in Dongri were obtained for the construction of car shed depots for Metro Lines 6, 7, 7A, and 9. Additionally, 47 hectares in Nilje and 174.01 hectares in Mogharpada were secured for further metro development, marking significant progress.

NTDA for MTHL: Focused Growth and Development Initiatives

The Government of Maharashtra recognized MMRDA's contribution by appointing it as the New Town Development Authority (NTDA). This designation aims to focus on the growth of areas influenced by the MTHL, fostering new developments and opportunities in the region.

Strategic Vision for Growth Centers

MMRDA's futuristic viewpoint extended to the establishment of growth centers. Anticipating appointment as the Special Planning Authority (SPA), MMRDA envisions developing six growth centers strategically located in Poynad, Kharbav, Boisar, Neral, Karjat, and Alibag, catalyzing future development in these regions.

Metro Lines Progress

In 2023, significant progress was made on various Metro Lines, contributing to the overall proficiency of Maha Mumbai Metro. Updates on Metro Lines 2B, 4, 4A, 5, 6, 7A, 9, and 12 showcase the commitment to redefining the transportation infrastructure in the coming years.

Line   Route    Length   Status
1 Blue Line    Versova - Ghatkopar   11.4 km   Operational
2A Yellow Line   Dahisar East - Andheri   18.5 km   Operational
2B Yellow Line   ESIC Nagar - Mandale   23.64 km   U/C
3 Aqua Line   Cuffe Parade - Aarey   35.9 km   U/C
4 Green Line   Wadala TT –Kasarvadavali   32.32 km   U/C
4A Green Line   Kasarvadivli – Gaimukh   2.7 km   U/C
5 Orange Line   Thane – Kalyan   24.9 km   U/C
6 Pink Line   Lokhandwala – Kanjurmarg   14.47 km   U/C
7 Red Line   Dahisar East - Andheri East   16.49 km   Operational
7A Red Line   Andheri East – CSIA   3.17 km   U/C
8 Gold Line   CSIA - NMIA   35 km   DPR Preparation
9 Red Line   Dahisar East - Bhayandar   10.41 km   U/C
10 Green Line   Gaimukh - Shivaji Chawk (Mira Road)   9.20 km   Tendering Process
11 Green Line   Wadala - CSMT    12.77 km   Approved 
12 Orange Line   Kalyan - Taloja   20.75 km   Approved
13 Purple Line   Shivaji Chowk - Virar   23 km   DPR Preparation
14 Magenta Line   Kanjurmarg - Badlapur   45 km   DPR Preparation

Maha Mumbai Metro Services: A Sustainable and Connected Future

The services of Maha Mumbai Metro achieved remarkable feats in 2023, promoting connectivity and sustainability. Metro Lines 2 and 4 alone contributed to a reduction equivalent to 47,787 vehicles in road travel, emphasizing the positive impact on traffic congestion and energy consumption.

Traffic Management Initiatives and Social Responsibility

MMRDA addressed traffic congestion in BKC through various Traffic Management initiatives. Additionally, the Social Development Cell played a crucial role in rehabilitating Project Affected Persons (PAPs), ensuring their rightful allotment of amenities and settlements.

Solid Waste Management Success and Multimodal Integration

The Solid Waste Management Cell's achievements, including the Integrated Solid Waste Processing Facility, exemplify MMRDA's commitment to environmental sustainability. Furthermore, efforts in multimodal integration and the establishment of Foot Over Bridges enhance commuter safety and convenience.

Chief Minister's Vision for Progress and Prosperity

Chief Minister Eknath Shinde expressed gratitude for MMRDA's tireless efforts, noting the fulfillment of dreams for the betterment of Mumbaikars. Looking forward, he envisions continued progress and prosperity hand-in-hand with MMRDA.

Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Eknath Shinde expressed, “Mumbai Metropolitan Region leads the state of Maharashtra through its vast economic contributions and innovative infrastructural achievements. Thus, we have incorporated a multi-dimensional vision for the development of the MMR, and MMRDA has consistently been the enforcer of our vision in and around Mumbai. Many of our dreams for the betterment of the lives and livelihoods of Mumbaikars have been fulfilled this year through the tireless contribution of MMRDA, and we are elated to step into another year of progress and prosperity hand-in-hand.”

Metropolitan Commissioner's Perspective: Embracing Innovation for Sustainable Development

Dr. Sanjay Mukherjee, Metropolitan Commissioner of MMRDA, reflects on the commitment to sustainability and efficiency. With a positive outlook, he anticipates a future marked by sustainable development in transportation and infrastructure, building on the achievements of 2023.

Dr Sanjay Mukherjee, IAS, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA said, “We have embraced numerous innovative directions and effective opportunities for the enforcement of sustainability and efficiency in urban infrastructure. However, one thing that has always been a constant for us throughout the year was our commitment to making the lives of the residents of the MMR better. 2023 was made special through the commencement and completion of various construction projects and we can’t wait to hand them over to the people. We are ending this year on a positive note with a renewed hope for sustainable development in transportation and infrastructure in 2024 and beyond.”

"I am confident that with state government support Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority in its 50th year through its infrastructure-led development model will significantly contribute to achieving the 1 trillion dollar economy of the state and 5 trillion dollar economy of the country sooner than envisaged," he further added.

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