Mumbai gears up for PM Modi and inauguration bonanza

Ahead of Prime Minister’s visit no drone, paragliders, remote control microlight aircraft flying activities are allowed in the jurisdiction of selected areas, said a Police advisory

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By: Urvashi Khona
Updated: 19 January, 2023 1:41 pm IST
Deputy CM Fadnavis with Mumbai Police, taking stock of preparations ahead of PM's visit. Mumbai police have deployed over 4,000 troops. Four units of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), and one unit each of the Anti-Riot Squad and Rapid Action Force have been deployed. 

Ahead of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Mumbai on Thursday to unveil projects worth ₹ 38,000 crore.

He has a packed itinerary. At around 5 PM, the Prime Minister will inaugurate, dedicate and lay the foundation stone of multiple development initiatives in Mumbai. At around 6:30 PM, he will inaugurate two lines of the Mumbai Metro and also undertake a metro ride. He will also hold a public rally named Sankalp Sabha with the tagline Mumbai Awaits Modi – at the MMRDA ground in Bandra Kurla Complex.

The Mumbai police have issued advisories and security deployment has been beefed up in view of the PM’s visit. Mumbai police have deployed over 4,000 troops. Four units of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), and one unit each of the Anti-Riot Squad and Rapid Action Force has been deployed.

“Ahead of Prime Minister’s visit no drone, paragliders, remote control microlight aircraft flying activities are allowed in the jurisdiction of Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) PS, Andheri PS, Meghwadi PS, Jogeshwari Police Station on Jan 19, the Mumbai police said adding that this order will remain in force from 12:01 am to 11 pm today,” the advisory said.

PM will inaugurate the Mumbai Metro Rail Lines 2A & 7, worth around Rs 12,600 crores. The Metro line 2A connecting Dahisar E and DN Nagar (yellow line) is around 18.6 Km long, while metro line 7 connecting Andheri E – Dahisar E (red line) is around 16.5 Km long. The foundation stone of these lines was also laid by the Prime Minister in 2015. PM to lay the foundation stone of seven sewage treatment plants, a road concretisation project in Mumbai, and redevelopment of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus.

Prime Minister will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of projects worth around Rs 38,800 crores.

Prime Minister will also launch MUMBAI 1 Mobile App and National Common Mobility Card. The app will facilitate ease of travel, can be shown on the entry gates of Metro Stations, and supports digital payment to buy tickets through UPI. The National Common Mobility Card will initially be used in metro corridors and can be extended to other modes of mass public transit including local trains and buses as well. Commuters will not need to carry multiple cards or cash; the NCMC card will enable quick, contactless, digital transactions, thereby easing the process with a seamless experience.

Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of seven sewage treatment plants, which will be built at a cost of around Rs 17,200 crores. These sewage treatment plants will be set up in Malad, Bhandup, Versova, Ghatkopar, Bandra, Dharavi and Worli. They will have a combined capacity of around 2,460 MLD.

In an effort to strengthen health care infrastructure in Mumbai, Prime Minister will inaugurate 20 Hinduhridaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Aapla Dawakhana. This novel initiative provides essential medical services like health checkups, medicines, investigations, and diagnostics completely free, to the people. Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone for the redevelopment of three hospitals in Mumbai viz. 360-bedded Bhandup Multispeciality Municipal Hospital, 306-bedded Siddharth Nagar Hospital, Goregaon (West) and 152-bedded Oshiwara Maternity Home. This will benefit lakhs of residents of the city and will deliver top-class medical facilities to them.

Prime Minister will start the road concretisation project for around 400 Km roads of in Mumbai. This project will be developed at a cost of about Rs 6,100 crore. Of the total roads extending to around 2050 Km in Mumbai, more than 1200 Km of roads are either concretized or are in the process of being concretized. However, the remaining roads of about 850 Km in length face challenges of potholes which severely impact transportation. The road concretisation project is aimed to overcome this challenge. These concrete roads will ensure fast travel along with enhanced security, while also providing better drainage facilities and utility ducts will ensure regular digging of roads is avoided.

He will also lay the foundation stone for the redevelopment of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. The redevelopment is planned with a view to decongesting the southern heritage node of the terminus, augmentation of facilities, better multi-modal integration, and conserving and restoring the world-famous iconic structure to its past glory. The project will be done at a cost of over Rs. 1,800 crores. Further, Prime Minister will also start the transfer of approved loans of over one lakh beneficiaries under PM SVANidhi Yojana will also be started.

BJP and Balasahebanchi Shivsena led by Maha CM Eknath Shinde take this as an opportunity to show massive strength with double engine sarkar in front of three-tier Maha Vikas Aghadi before also changing a narrative to Revamping Mumbai to woo voters with Modi Magic.

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