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Metro rail project expected to begin by May-June: CM

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Mumbai, Apr 19 (UNI) The work on first phase of the ambitious metro rail project here is expected to commence by the end of May or first week of June, Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh told the Legislative Assembly today.

The project will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, he said.

Replying to a debate on the infrastructural development in Mumbai, Mr Deshmukh said evaluation of bids received for the Versova-Ghatkopar corridor of the metro rail is in the final stage and the Centre will provide a 20 per cent assistance by way of viability-gap funding.

Mr Deshmukh said the World Bank has agreed to fund the infrastructural development in towns on the outskirts of Mumbai and added that his Government is committed to development of the metropolis ''with a human face.'' Meanwhile, Subhash Desai and Gajanan Kirtikar (Shiv Sena), Raj Purohit and Gopal Shetty (BJP), Sachin Ahir (NCP) and Annie Shekhar (Congress) dwelled at length on the shortage of open space, inadequate drinking water, drainage and sewage systems and housing problems in the city.

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