Sunday, 6 October 2013

Maharashtra plans another city at Uran in Raigad district, 80 km off Mumbai

Maharashtra plans another city at Uran in Raigad district, 80 km off Mumbai

Uran, a fishing village- turned special economic zone, will acquire a new status soon — that of a city. As a part of its plan to decongest Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, the Maharashtra government plans to develop a third city in Uran, 80 km away from Mumbai in the Raigad district.

The plan is still in the preliminary stages, but the state government wants to build the city over 100 sq km of land (10,000 hectares) with private sector participation.

State run Maharashtra Housing & Area Development Authority ( MHADA) initiating a blueprint to build housing projects and other infrastructure over a 10 sq- km area (1,000 hectares of land).

Uran, situated east of Mumbai across the Dharamtar Creek, is connected by road and aboat service. A project to link it with Navi Mumbai by rail has already been planned. Uran also houses the Jawaharlal Nehru Port, two private ports, a 672Mw gas- based power project of MahaGenco and an onshore terminal complex of ONGC.

The proposed city will be one fourth the size of Mumbai and one- third of Navi Mumbai’s. The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, however, has an area of 162 sq km under its supervision.

Third city in Uran was being considered in view of the constraints faced by Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. MHADA will put in place the necessary infrastructure along with other government agencies over 10 sq km, but the private sector would have to come into the picture to make the 100- sq km city a reality.

After Navi Mumbai, state govt zeroes in on Uran blueprint drawn to develop 100 sq- km city with private participation. Read more

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