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Smart city on outskirts in next four years?


The first day of the state budget session on Wednesday saw the announcements of several development projects for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.

Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, in his speech, announced a Rs35,000-crore project by City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) to develop the southern part of Navi Mumbai as a smart city, completion of the Metro rail, the airport at Navi Mumbai and the rolling out of two Metro lines in Mumbai.

While addressing a joint session of both the houses of the legislature, the governor said Cidco will develop the smart city covering seven towns that cover an area of around 7,700 hectares. Affordable housing, Metro corridors, economic and infrastructure development projects along with port city development will be the main focus of the project, which will be completed in the next four years. He also spoke about the development of developing Navi Mumbai Airport Influence Notified Area (NAINA), which includes 30 towns on a 600 sqkm area, with a focus on education, entertainment, commerce and industry.

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