The Maharashtra cabinet, on September 11, 2018, approved the implementation of two metro rail projects – Dahisar-Mira Bhayandar and Andheri-Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International (CSMI) Airport – collectively worth Rs 6,607 crores. An official from the chief minister’s office (CMO) said Metro Line 9 would be the Dahisar-Mira Bhayandar route, while Metro Line 7A would be the Andheri-CSMI Airport route. Both the routes together, are 13.5 kms long.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) has been empowered to raise funds for the projects. According to the official, the Dahisar-Mira Bhayandar route will be a 10.41-km-long elevated corridor and will have 11 stations, while the extension of Metro 7 Andheri-CSMI Airport (Metro 7A) will be 3.17 kms long, in which 2.11 kms will be underground.
To ensure effective implementation of the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana, the cabinet also gave its go-ahead to a proposal of providing 20 per cent funds from the scheme, as an incentive to the doctors and medical staff of the government-run medical and dental colleges and affiliated hospitals, for operation and treatment of patients. “Similarly, 25 per cent funds will be with the government for creating additional infrastructure facilities and 52 per cent funds for development of medical and educational facilities in the institution concerned,” the official said.
In another decision, the cabinet also gave its nod for setting up a food technology college in Yavatmal and Walwa taluka, in Sangli district. “The college will be set up at a cost of Rs 102 crores,” the CMO official said, adding that 130 new posts will be created and the college will have a capacity to enroll 40 students every year.