Maharashtra to have single agency for infra projects in state cities

It will be modeled on the lines of MMRDA that coordinates state capital’s projects

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Geetanjali Minhas | November 30, 2015



Maharashtra government will soon have single agency for infrastructure projects being undertaken by cities and towns in the state. It will function on the lines of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), which takes care of Mumbai and its surrounding area that includes eight corporations and nine councils.

The state government will introduce a bill in the upcoming assembly winter session for setting up a Maharashtra Region Development Authority for development work in other cities and towns. The proposed authority will work on infrastructure projects like metro projects in Nagpur and Pune, flyovers and smart cities among others. The authority will also coordinate with the civic bodies in their ongoing infrastructure projects.

The MRDA is expected to lead all the projects across the state for easier monitoring. The bill has been proposed with a view to have a single authority dealing with infrastructure projects in other cities and towns. Currently, projects such as the Nagpur Metro are under municipal corporation.

According to a official urban development department, the authority will have regional offices in every town so that the focus will be on particular infrastructure work. 

In Mumbai areas, the MMRDA has been working on east –west connectivity in the city with projects like the metro rail, monorail and flyovers. It is now working on the smart city initiative announced by the centre.

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