Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday will inaugurate and lay foundation stones for a string of projects worth more than Rs 38,000 crore in Mumbai. He will also flag off Mumbai Metro Rail Lines 2A and 7, worth around Rs 12,600 crore.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the inauguration and foundation laying ceremony of inland waterways projects worth more than Rs. 1000 crores via video conferencing (PTI Photo)
By India Today Web Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Maharashtra and Karnataka on Thursday and inaugurate and lay the foundation stone for projects worth Rs 38,000 crore for development initiatives. The multiple projects are aimed at developing infrastructure, easing urban travel, and strengthening healthcare in India’s financial capital, Mumbai.
“I look forward to visiting Karnataka and Maharashtra tomorrow, 19th January. Various development works will be inaugurated or their foundation stones will be laid. These works cover diverse sectors and will boost development,” an official statement said.
PM Modi will inaugurate two lines of Mumbai Metro 2A and 7 from Gundavali Metro station in Andheri and will also undertake a metro ride from the station. The two lines are worth around Rs 12,600 crore.
The metro line 2A which connects Dahisar E and DN Nagar in Andheri West (yellow line) is around 18.6 Km long. Metro line 7 connects Andheri E–Dahisar E (red line) and is around 16.5 Km long.
Apart from this, he will also launch the MUMBAI 1 Mobile App and National Common Mobility Card (Mumbai 1) which will facilitate the ease of travel. The mobile app can be shown on the entry gates of Metro Stations and supports digital payment to buy tickets through UPI.
The NCMC card will enable quick, contactless, digital transactions, thereby easing the process with a seamless experience.
SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANTS AND HEALTH CENTRES
“Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of seven sewage treatment plants, which will be built at a cost of around Rs 17,200 crores. These sewage treatment plants will be set up in Malad, Bhandup, Versova, Ghatkopar, Bandra, Dharavi and Worli. They will have a combined capacity of around 2,460 MLD,” an official statement said.
He will inaugurate 20 “Hinduhridaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Aapla Dawakhana” clinics to strengthen healthcare infrastructure in Mumbai.
The “Aapla Dawakhana” initiative provides essential medical services like health check-ups, medicines, investigations, and diagnostics for free, to the people.
The prime minister will also lay the foundation stone for the redevelopment of three hospitals- a 360-bed Bhandup multi-specialty municipal hospital, a 306-bed hospital in Goregaon (West), and a 152-bed maternity home in Oshiwara. This will benefit lakhs of residents of the city and will deliver top-class medical facilities to them, the release added.
The PM will also launch a road concretisation project worth Rs 6,100 crore for around 400 km of roads in the megapolis. These concrete roads will ensure fast travel along with enhanced security, while also providing better drainage facilities and utility ducts will ensure regular digging of roads is avoided, the release said.
Another important project is the redevelopment of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in south Mumbai for which the foundation stone will be laid.
This project is aimed at decongesting the southern heritage node of the terminus, augmentation of facilities, better multi-modal integration, and conserving and restoring the world-famous iconic structure to its past glory, the release said. The redevelopment will cost more than Rs 1,800 crore.
Further, the prime minister will also start the transfer of approved loans of more than one lakh beneficiaries under PM SVANidhi Yojana.
The BJP has set its eyes on the cash-rich Mumbai civic body to dislodge the rival Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) faction from power in the civic elections, the schedule for which is yet to be announced.
TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS IN PLACE
Mumbai Traffic Police has issued a traffic advisory ahead of PM Modi’s visit to the city today. “Between 12pm to 9 pm, entry of heavy vehicles on all roads including Western Express Highway in the Western Suburb shall be banned,” police said.
In view of the prime minister’s visit, a few roads in the area will be closed for vehicles, while traffic will be diverted on some other routes, the traffic police said. A few roads have been closed to traffic. On other roads, traffic will be diverted ahead of the prime minister’s visit.
Flying activities will not be allowed under the limits of police stations at Bandra Kurla Complex and nearby areas in Mumbai on Thursday.
Flying activities including the use of drones, paragliders, and remote-controlled micro-light aircraft will not be allowed from noon till midnight under the jurisdictions of four police stations, namely BKC, Andheri, Meghwadi, and Jogeshwari on Thursday, the Mumbai Police said in an order on Wednesday.
(With agency inputs)