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Navi Mumbai is not beaming in its 40th year. Lack of affordable housing, poor transport, growing slum population and encroachment, pollution, and slow infrastructure development are hampering its prospects. Lack of efficient, dependable and speedy public transport linking Mumbai and other cities could be a major impediment in the development of Navi Mumbai.
After undertaking work on the first Metro railway project in Navi Mumbai, the state is now planning to lay the foundation stone for two more lines of the project in a year. One of the arms of the project, which will go from Vashi-Nerul-Seawoods-Panvel, will run parallel to the existing railway line and eventually link the Mumbai and Navi Mumbai Metro railway networks.
Mumbai Metropolitan Region’s first metro project on cash contract got a major boost on Sunday when chief minister Prithviraj Chavan performed the Bhoomipujan for the metro line in Navi Mumbai. Constructed by the City Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), at a cost of Rs1,984 crore, the metro will run from Belapur to Pendhar, connecting the proposed new international airport.