Infrastructure Projects in Mumbai to Drive Socio-Economic Transformation | Mumbai News – Times of India

Infrastructure Projects in Mumbai to Drive Socio-Economic Transformation | Mumbai News – Times of India

Mumbai: The slew of infrastructure projects underway in Mumbai will soon translate into a socioeconomic transformation for the mega city as well, said municipal commissioner Bhushan Gagrani on Tuesday.
“What we are seeing today in terms of iconic infrastructure projects will bring a lot of transformation not just in urban mobility but also in socio-economy building,” said Gagrani who completed two months as civic chief on May 20.On Tuesday evening, he spoke at a brainstorming session organized by the Mumbai Press Club titled ‘Making Mumbai a liveable, modern city’. Retired bureaucrat R C Sinha and architect and housing activist P K Das were on the panel with him.
“What if certain projects had not happened?’’ he asked. For example, he said the Mumbai Pune Expressway changed the dynamics of Pune city. “Today, it has become one of the IT hubs of the country and a R & D centre only due to this connectivity. This shows that an infrastructure project is not only about going from one point to another in the city but also brings with it many socio-economic benefits,” said Gagrani.
Retired IAS Sinha, who was in charge of the completion of the Mumbai Pune Expressway 25 years ago, recounted the fast pace at which they worked to complete the project. “We started with having no design in place to replicate as no expressway had been previously built in India.” Architect PK Das said the city must increase its green cover and highlighted how rampant construction works have led to the maximum city becoming a heat island.
“In today’s times, ecological infrastructure has become very important. We are suffering from a built-more syndrome with blinkers in our eyes. We think that this will take care of all our city issues like lack of housing, and open spaces,” said Das.
But Gagrani responded, refuting claims that city planners had thrown all caution away. “Back in 1857, when our country was fighting its first war of independence, London was building its first metro network. Today London’s total length of metro lines is 400km, while in Mumbai we will be building 300km of metro lines within ten years. This strengthening of the public transport network will benefit everyone in the society,”Gagrani said.

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