Bhopal and Indore back on track,tagged as Metropolitan areas
| Wednesday | 16th September, 2020
The state government on Tuesday approved setting up a Metropolitan Development Body, the first step in declaring Bhopal and Indore as ‘metropolitan areas’. The decision was taken at a virtual cabinet meeting, presided over by CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on Tuesday
Metropolitan areas will be set up in Bhopal and Indore, while a stadium for the specially abled will be constructed in Gwalior. These decisions were taken in the virtual Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. The cabinet approved the allotment of 7.902 hectare land meant for the stadium for specially-abled boys and girls. This would be first in its kind in India, said home minister Narottam Mishra.
The Cabinet decided to form a Metropolitan area (Mahanagar Kshetra) for the implementation of the metro rail project in Bhopal and Indore. Bhopal Metropolitan Area will include Bhopal Investment Area and Mandideep Investment Area. Mhow Investment Area and Pithampur Investment Area have been added in Indore Metropolitan Area.
Bhopal and Indore Metro Rail before the deadline of August 2023. Decide time limit of all works and act accordingly. These instructions were given by the Minister for Urban Development and Housing Shri Bhupendra Singh during a review of works of Metro Rail. Shri Singh has said that the Principal Secretary should monitor it personally, so that all the works could be completed within the stipulated time.
Information as regard to works of Bhopal and Indore Metro Rail was given through presentation in the meeting. The work to construct pillars from AIIMS has been started for the Bhopal Metro project. So far, 80 pillars have already been constructed. The total project cost of Bhopal Metro Rail is Rs. 6 thousand 941 crore and the total project cost of Indore Metro Rail is Rs. 7 thousand 580 crore.
It will boost development of suburbs of Indore and Bhopal in line with the Metro network. With metro rail projects on in both cities, UMTA will bring all stakeholders under one roof. As per Metro Rail Act, it is necessary to declare a metro construction area as ‘metropolitan area’. Ten years ago, Bhopal was part of 63 cities selected under JNNURM to improve urban transport planning and management. Cabinet approved projects related to development of industrial region of Indore and Pithampur. In all 586.70 hectares of land will be developed through land pooling with farmers, this will be beneficial for both. Pithampur industrial investment sector 4 and 5 will be developed with a cost of Rs 550 crores.
In another important decision, bulk drug park and medical device park were also approved by the cabinet. Pharma units will be established in the drug park while manufacturing units for medical devices will be set up at Medical Device Park. This will be established in Babai and Mohasa in Hoshangabad district.
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