Here is a list of infrastructure projects in Mumbai and Maharashtra likely to gain momentum under the new Shinde-Fadnavis government

According to the Ministry of Railways, all regulatory clearances relating to wildlife, Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) and deforestation have been obtained for the project. Of the 1,396 hectares of land needed for the MAHSR project, 98.79% of the land needed in Gujarat has been acquired, while in neighboring Maharashtra the figure stands at 71.49%. The central government has acquired 100% of the required 7.9 hectares of land in the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

Besides obstructing the project by refusing to cooperate with land acquisition, the Thackeray-led dispensation also fueled divisive rhetoric to oppose it.

During a political rally in Mumbai, Thackeray made a bizarre allegation that the high-speed rail project was being implemented to separate Mumbai from the rest of Maharashtra.

Thackeray further claimed that the high-speed rail project was a ploy to break up Mumbai. “What do they mean when they say they will make Mumbai independent? Is our country and Maharashtra under occupation?”

The MVA government also refused to hand over government land for the high-speed train project’s BKC metro station.

Mumbai Metro Line 3

Another critical infrastructure project that the Fadnavis government accelerated, and which is now delayed, is the 33.5 km Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro Line 3. Mumbai’s first underground metro line, Metro Line 3, will have 26 metro stations and is estimated to cost Rs 30,000 crore.

According to the original plan, the first phase between Bandra and SEEPZ was to be completed by December 2021 and the second phase of the Bandra-Kurla complex in Colaba by June 2022, but Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL), which is running the project, recently announced that works even on the first phase of the metro corridor between Bandra-SEEPZ would be completed by January 2024.

The Fadnavis government had announced that the underground line 3 car shed would go up at Aarey Colony. Encouraged by Aaditya Thackeray, the heir apparent to the Thackeray clan and abetted by a ragtag group of South Mumbai elites, the MVA government abandoned the plan to build the hangar at Aarey Colony, throwing the project into turmoil. He said the metro shed would instead be moved to Kanjurmarg. But Kanjurmarg’s plot has been met with multiple litigation and lawsuits, with even the central government being a party to the dispute.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Area Development Authority (MMRDA) is currently exploring options other than Aarey and Kanjurmarg for the car shed.

Ratnagiri Refinery Project

Ratnagiri Refinery and Petrochemical Limited, billed as Asia’s ‘largest’ oil refinery, has been proposed to be built in Nanar village in Ratnagiri district in the Konkan coastal region. The project is planned as a joint venture between Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum, the Saudi company Aramco and the National Oil Company of the United Arab Emirates.

The project was mooted by the Center and the government of Maharashtra in 2015 and aimed to bring development to the backward region of Konkan. It has been estimated that the project will bring in investments to the tune of Rs 3 lakh crore, generate employment for at least one lakh local residents and process up to 60 million metric tons of crude oil annually and produce a range of products refined petroleum. meeting BS-VI energy efficiency standards.

The project was abandoned before the 2019 assembly and Lok Sabha elections, as Shiv Sena leaders believed the oil refinery would be detrimental to the ecology and environment of Konkan. Uddhav Thackeray himself led the resistance to the project. Thackeray even said he wouldn’t allow “even an inch of land” to be acquired for the project. His son, Aaditya Thackeray, also said that the Shiv Sena opposed the project as it would have had a bad impact on the environment and that the “soil sons” were against it.

However, after assuming the position of CM, Thackeray recalibrated his position. He recently said that although the proposed oil refinery project would not occur in Nanar village, an alternative site has been identified for the project.

Marathwada Water Network Project

The Marathwada Water Network Project was conceptualized and announced by the Fadnavis government in 2016. Valued at Rs 25,000 crore, it envisions an integrated pipeline network linking 11 dams in the arid Marathwada region to ensure water supply throughout the year for consumption, irrigation and industry. purposes. The 11 dams that will be connected include Jayakwadi (Aurangabad), Yeldari (Parbhani), Siddheshwar (Hingoli), Majalgaon and Manjra (Beed), Lower Terna and Sina Kolegaon (Osmanabad), Dhanegaon (Latur) among others.

Israel’s national water company, Mekorot, has been mobilized to help the state government develop the water supply network. Mekorot, famous for building Israel’s national water supply network, identified the required technology and prepared a water supply master plan.

While the MVA government has not officially abandoned the project, fearing a potential backlash, no progress has been made on the ground.

“When BJP was in power from 2014 to 2019 in the state, our government approved the water network project. But Maha Vikas Aghadi government blocked this project. Even good water conservancy projects which we have undertaken as Jalyukta Shivar and micro irrigation projects have been stopped.” Fadnavis recently said while speaking to Jal Akrosh Andolan in the city of Aurangabad. “Since MVA came to power, all people-oriented projects have been abandoned. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s car is the only one that works,” he added.

Port of Vadhavan

The proposed port of Vadhavan, which will be India’s 13th major port, has been planned by the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) as an all-weather, all-cargo satellite port to improve vessel handling capabilities deep draft and larger vessels. With an increase in container shipping, the port, which will be close to the JNPT at Uran, Navi Mumbai, is also expected to handle the spillover from container ship traffic to Jawaharlal Nehru Port, which is India’s premier container port. .

The port project, which is estimated to cost Rs 65,544.54 crore, is part of the Centre’s Sagarmala initiative which aims to make Indian ports major contributors to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The JNPT and the Maharashtra Maritime Board are development partners in the project.

Insisting on the ecological sensitivity of the area, part of the local population opposed the construction of the port because it will not only harm the flora and fauna of Dahanu, but will also disrupt related activities such as fishing and fishing. ‘agriculture. Shiv Sena was until recently opposed to the project.

Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant Project

The government recently granted approval in principle to the Jaitapur site in Maharashtra for the establishment of six nuclear reactors of 1,650 MW each in technical cooperation with France, which would make it the largest power generation site nuclear with a total capacity of 9,900 MW.

It is proposed to set up the project at Jaitapur site in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. But despite the planned start of construction of the plant in late 2018, vehement opposition from local farmers and residents of the Konkan region for more than a decade has anchored the project.

The Shiv Sena had criticized the Centre’s endorsement. She said she stands firmly with the people of the Konkan region who have opposed the project for several years now. “Local people are fiercely against the project, which is dangerous and will impact the entire coastline of Konkan,” said a local MP from Sena.

Given the many challenges facing these projects, the new government faces the daunting task of getting them back on track.

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