Beefing up Mumbai
Ajoy Mehta, Municipal Commissioner, pointed out that infrastructural development must create more employment, which in turn would create demand for housing as well as transport facilities. He said that the quality of life must improve with the provision of schools, hospitals, open spaces and places of leisure.
´The quality of life would be evaluated by social equity in terms of gender equality and facilities for the disabled,´ he asserted. On a comment over 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, MMRDA Commissioner UPS. Madan categorically stated that a lot has been happening to make Mumbai a world-class city.
´Several elevated corridor projects covering over 120 kilometres are starting simultaneously and in the next four years, the entire city will be covered by the Metro,´ he assured.
Ashwini Bhide, MMRC Managing Director, pointed out that Metro III, 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 would 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 RN Bhaskar, Consulting Editor, Free Press Journal.
Earlier, while welcoming the officials, Dilip Piramal, President, IMC, said that 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.
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