Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has allocated Rs 8,973 crore for ongoing mega infrastructure projects in its 2022-2023 budget, reserving most of the funds for the coastal road, Goregaon-Mulund Link Road (GMLR), and also proposed the construction of western suburbs and Three new flyovers in central Mumbai. The city agency also plans to demolish, rebuild and restore 212 bridges across the city. In the budget, out of the total size of Rs 45,949 crore, Rs 22,646 crore has been earmarked for capital expenditure, which means several infrastructure projects and recurring expenses. Of this, more than 36% or Rs 8,973 crore has been set aside for roads, traffic operations, bridges and coastal road projects, followed by GMLR.
This is higher than the Rs 6,519 crore allocated for the same work last year. However, civic groups have yet to announce any new projects, with a focus on completing projects under construction. A total of Rs 3,200 crore has been earmarked for the 10-kilometer coastal road between Princess Street interchange and Worli. BMC aims to be 90% complete by the end of 2022-23 and is currently 50% complete. In addition, BMC has allocated Rs 1,300 crore for GMLR, which will be constructed in four phases. In road works, in 2022-23, 219 kilometers of roads will be improved or rehabilitated to concrete and cement roads, followed by 12 kilometers of asphalt roads. To this end, the bridge sector has received funding of Rs 2,897 crore. BMC has also proposed three new bridges: an overpass from Juhu to Versova Road at the JVPD junction, an overpass at the Mith Chowky junction of Link Road in Malad, and an elevated road from the fishermen’s settlement Senapati Bapat Marg to Bandra for the Western Express highway.
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