Uran a nondescript, sleepy village with a population of just 23,000 people, located a little more than 50km from Mumbai could soon become the next big metropolis. In an attempt to decongest the overpopulated Mumbai and the crowded Navi Mumbai, the state government plans to convert Uran into a mini-city with all the necessary facilities.
The plan is at a nascent stage, but the City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) has started work on building basic infrastructure, including civic amenities like roads, sewage and storm water drains, minor bridges, etc. on 100sqkm of land in and around Uran. In the last six months, Cidco has awarded contracts worth Rs87.42 crore for the build-up of infrastructure.
“We do have plans for Uran and Dronagiri as a major landmarks around Mumbai and to convert the area into the next mini-city. At present, we are in the process of providing basic civic facilities,” said Sanjay Bhatia, vice-chairman and managing director of Cidco.
Bhatia told dna that Uran will be transformed into a mini-city from a mini-town by developing all the required facilities. If the plan succeeds, Uran is expected to grow to a quarter of the size
The state government had built Navi Mumbai on the outskirts of Mumbai to ease the pressure faced from an influx of people into the city. However, Navi Mumbai’s population has today crossed 11 lakh and it’s getting crowded, to say the least. The desire to develop Uran also stems from the availability of land there.
The ambitious plan would depend on successful implementation of Mumbai Trans Harbour Link and Nerul/Belapur-Seawoods-Uran railway line which will improve connectivity to the place.
“We’re looking at expansion of JNPT at Nhava Sheva. With this, massive industrialisation is expected in the area; in fact, it’s already happening. We also expect connectivity to Mumbai and Navi Mumbai improves. As land is scarce, Mhada will acquire land and provide affordable housing and help build a mini-city,” said Sachin Ahir, MoS housing. “We’ll write to Cidco and MIDC for their response to create a township quite like a mini-city. On getting feedback, we’ll move with our plan,” said Ahir.
Mhada sources told dna that the process to hunt for land parcels in the metro region, including Uran, has begun.
Uran, the mini-city
23,000 Population of Uran
50km Distance from Sion to Uran
1.25 cr Mumbai’s population spread over an area of 437.71sqkm
11 lakh Navi Mumbai’s population spread over 344sqkm
100sqkm Area to be developed into a mini-city in Uran.