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In order to provide planned development to the entire region of Mumbai and its nearby suburbs, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) was formed in 1975. The body was given the responsibility of planning and coordinating the development activities in the entire region. The MMRDA is governed by the Maharashtra urban development minister. The Authority is also responsible for the growth of new urban centres, implementation and execution of strategic projects and to make efforts to project the MMR as an economically developed region, by providing high-grade infrastructure and standard of living to the residents.
Roles and responsibilities of MMRDA
- Preparation of regional development plans.
- Providing financial assistance for significant regional projects.
- Providing help to the local authorities and their infrastructure projects.
- Coordinating and executing of projects and/or schemes in the MMR.
- Restricting any activity that could adversely affect appropriate development of the MMR.
- Monitoring key projects and suggesting improvements, in sectors like transport, housing, water supply and the environment.
Source: MMRDA website
Jurisdiction of MMRDA
The MMRDA has jurisdiction over 4,355 sq kms of area, which consists of:
Eight municipal corporations:
Nine municipal councils:
More than 1,000 villages in Thane and Raigad districts.
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Major projects by MMRDA
Around nine metro routes are currently under construction, which will ease the traffic hassles between the eastern and western suburbs and reduce the journey time between some of the important hubs of the region. The MMRDA Mumbai Metro Lines are:
Line 1: Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar
Line 2A: Dahisar-DN Nagar
Line 2B: DN Nagar-Mandale
Line 4: Wadala-Kasarvadavali
Line 5: Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan
Line 6: Lokhandwala-Jogeshwari-Vikhroli-Kanjurmarg
Line 7: Andheri East-Dahisar East
Line 9: Extension of Line 7, i.e., from Andheri to Mumbai Airport and Dahisar to Mira Bhayandar
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The Mumbai Monorail is India’s first monorail line and operates between Jacob Circle in south Mumbai and Chembur in eastern Mumbai. It was built at an expense of Rs 3,000 crores, as a feeder service to the existing Mumbai suburban railway line. The line was formally inaugurated in February 2014. The plan to extend the Mumbai monorail till Worli is under consideration currently.
Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link
Planned to decongest the island city, by improving connectivity between south Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, the Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link Road, also known as Nhava-Shewa Link Road is yet to see the light of day. While the construction is ongoing, the project is scheduled for inauguration in 2022. This will be India’s longest sea-bridge.
Multi-modal corridor from Virar to Alibaug
Planned as a 126-km corridor to link the NH-8, the Bhiwandi bypass, the NH-3, the NH-4 and NH-4B, the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, the NH-17, etc., this route will provide the much-needed connectivity to link seven growth corridors of MMR which include Virar, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Dombivali, Panvel, Taloja and Uran.
Sahar Elevated Road
Completed in 2014, this road directly links the Western Express Highway to the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. This road was planned due to lack of direct connectivity to the International airport and continuous increase in traffic towards the same.
The expressway project was planned to facilitate smooth connectivity between south Mumbai and Thane-Nashik and Panvel-Pune. This is a signal-free road which cuts traveling time between the island city and the suburbs. It is 16.9 kms long and was opened for public use in 2013.
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MMRDA offices near you
MMRDA Office Building,
C-14 & 15, E Block Bandra (east),
Mumbai – 400051
Fax no: +91-22-2659 1264
Sub-Regional Office, Thane,
2nd Floor, Near Oswal Park, Pokharan Road,
No 2, Majiwada,
Thane (west) – 400601
Fax no: +91-22-25418265
MMRDA Divisional Office,
Old Municipal Building,
Inox Theater, CR-2 Building,
9th Floor, Opposite Bajaj Bhavan,
Mumbai – 400021
Fax no: +91-22-66157429
Wadala Truck Terminal,
A1 Building, Near RTO,
Mumbai – 400037
Fax no: +91-22-24036432
What is included in Mumbai Metropolitan Region?
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region includes 8 municipal corporations, 9municipal councils and numerous villages in the districts of Thane and Raigad.
What does MMRDA mean?
MMRDA stands for Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, which is responsible for infrastructure development in the MMR.
Is Navi Mumbai under MMRDA?
Yes, Navi Mumbai falls under the jurisdiction of the MMRDA.