DHARAM DHUTIA Mumbai
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority ( MMRDA) that has been criticized regularly for delaying their projects has irked the Chief Secretary of the state Ratnakar Gaikwad.
As a result he ha
s ordered a review meeting of all the heads of the departments to have a look at the current state of all the projects.
” The CS has called a review of all the projects along with the latest development and reasons for delay if any,” said an official from MMRDA. Incidentally, Gaikwad was the former MMRDA Commissioner and is completely aware about the projects of the authority. He served MMRDA office till Jan 2011.
However, there has been very little progress in MMRDA projects since he left.
To add to the woes MMRDA has been continuously facing flak over the potholes that have been developed on Lalbaug, Burfiwala, King Circle flyovers.
Gaikwad during has tenure as commissioner had announced some ambitious projects that have either been scrapped or have not seen the light of the day.
Some of them have seen progress at snails place.
” Currently the top priority for MMRDA are the metro, monorail and Mumbai Trans Harbour Link ( MTHL) projects and the authority is only focusing on these projects,” said the official.
MMRDA has also been involved in bitter conflicts with other government agencies like the BMC, Railways and Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation ( MSRDC) over certain issues further minimizing the co- operation from these agencies for their projects. ” The major projects that the CS would examine are the metro, monorail, roads and flyovers,” said the officials.
After frequently missing deadlines, MMRDA created a policy of not giving deadlines, however recently MMRDA had to give deadlines to their projects in a presentation to the Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.
Some of the crucial projects were given deadlines during this time.
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