In what could be seen as a positive sign, after a prolonged delay of around nine months, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Saturday finally took stock of all the projects which have been announced by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation.
Although six MSRDC projects are awaiting a nod from the cabinet sub-committee on infrastructure, headed by Chavan, the panel has met only once in nine months.
“These MSRDC projects have not come on the agenda or in front of me,” said Chavan on Friday.
The six projects include the construction of the Bandra–Versova Sea Link (Rs4,045 crore), augmentation of the Mumbai–Pune Expressway (Rs3,665 crore), scrapping of a contract with Reliance Infrastructure–Hyundai for the Rs4,550 crore Worli–Haji Ali Sea Link, inland water passenger transport project for the eastern (Rs440.47 crore) and western (Rs915 crore) coasts of Mumbai and four-laning of the 700km Nagpur–Aurangabad–Sinnar–Ghoti–Mumbai Road.
“On Saturday, a presentation on all these projects was to be made, but due to lack of time, only three projects were discussed the inland water transport project and the Mumbai–Pune Expressway augmentation,” informed a source.
At the end of the meeting, Chavan assured to take stock of other projects in the coming fortnight. Thus, these six projects might get included in the agenda of the upcoming cabinet sub-committee meet, which is yet to be scheduled.
The last meeting was held earlier this month wherein decisions were taken only on three PWD projects Nagar-Nashik Road widening, Chakan-Sikhrapur Road widening and connecting Dighi Port with National Highway 17 or Mumbai-Goa Highway.