New Delhi, December 22
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will kick-start six major projects – two Metro rail projects, an elevated rail corridor in the city, Pune Metro railway project, Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (DTHL) and the prestigious mid-sea Chhatrapati Shivaji memorial – and address a public rally in the metropolis, during his visit to Maharashtra on Saturday. Modi will begin his busy tour of Maharashtra, by inaugurating the newly built campus of the National Institute of Securities Management at Patalganga MIDC in the neighbouring Raigad district around noon.
Though all the six projects that the Prime Minister is kick-starting are important ones from the point of view of Maharashtra, the ground-breaking ceremony for mid-sea Chhatrapati Shivaji memorial is a politically significant event.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray will be present at the Shivaji memorial’s ground-breaking ceremony. The Maharashtra Government has received all the 12 clearances, including those from Environment Ministry, Defence Ministry, Indian Navy, Coast Guard and others, for the `3,600 crore project. Of the total cost, the State Government would spend as much as `2,600 during the first phase of the project. To be developed in the Arabian sea one kilometer off the Marine Drive in south Mumbai, the imposing 309 ft statue is billed to be taller than the State of Liberty set up in the New York harbour. It will be a major tourist attraction in the country’s commercial capital.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji memorial premises will house a library, an amphitheatre, an aquarium, an IMAX theatre to showcase short films on the Maratha warrior king, guest rooms and a helipad at the site. It will have replicas of the Tuljabhavani Temple, the entrance arch of the Raigad Fort, and forecourts modelled on the palaces and wadas, traditional residential structures of the Maratha period.
To be constructed at an approximate cost of `9,630 crore, the MTHL project will be implemented through public-private partnership on a design, build, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT) basis. The Centre will bear 20 per cent of the project cost by granting viability gap funding of `1,920 crore. The MTHL is a 22-km sea bridge linking the metropolis with Navi Mumbai across the Arabian Sea. There will in all be six lanes in the sea bridge, which will be 27 meters in width, in addition to edge strip and crash barrier. Apart from de-congesting the Island city of Mumbai, the MTHL will provide connectivity to Mumbai and JNPT ports and afford quicker access to the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport. Besides, it will provide connectivity to commuters traveling towards Thane-Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Panvel-Pune and further to southern India.
There will in all be six lanes in the sea bridge, which will be 27 meters in width, in addition to edge strip and crash barrier.Expected to be completed in five years, the all-crucial Link is expected to carry more than 62,000 passenger car units in the year 2020. Apart from the Shivaji memorial and the DTHL, the Prime Minister will also lay foundation stones for two metro rail projects and an elevated rail corridor. After kick-starting various projects, Modi will address a public rally in the city on Saturday afternoon. Later in the evening, the Prime Minister will head to Pune, where he will inaugurate the Pune Metro Rail project.
Apart from the chief minister, NMCP chief Sharad Pawar will also be present at this function.
New Delhi, December 22