60 billion dollars for MMRDA development:CM

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Mumbai, Mar 13 (UNI) Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh today said 60 rptg 60 billion dollars would be spent for allround development of 4500 sq km area of the Mumbai Metropolitan regional development authority (MMRDA) to make the city on a par with international standards.

Replying to the discussion on the Governor's address, Mr Deshmukh said looking at the rush of people in local trains, which normally have the capacity to carry 1500 people on each journey, they take a load of 5000 people. The government is also considering various options including skyrail, elevated roads and even tunnel roads.

''The scientific study of elevated and tunnel roads is under consideration'' said Mr Deshmukh adding that even the water surface transport is also being considered to reduce pressure on local trains.

He said a complete transparent policy will be maintained in regard to redevelopment of Dharavi, where tenders from all over the world have been called and the best people would be given the task of its redevelopment.

Deshmukh said the redevelopment of the 19,000 old buildings in the city and suburbs would be done on a cluster basis.

UNI JM OBB RL HT1934

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