Devendra Fadnavis unveils ‘Mumbai Next’ initiative to boost infrastructure


By Makarand Gadgil

On 30 January, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis unveiled ‘Mumbai Next’, an initiative to transform the country’s financial capital into a global financial and entertainment centre.

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. Photo: PTI

His government will hold a high-profile conference under the project’s banner on 6 February, which will be attended by Tata Sons Ltd chairman Cyrus Mistry, Reliance Industries Ltd chairman Mukesh Ambani, Union minister of state for finance Jayant Sinha, actor Amitabh Bachchan and film producer Rajkumar Hirani, among others.

Just a day earlier, Shiv Sena, partner of Fadnavis’s Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) in the state and centre, held a demonstration against Mumbai Metro’s planned Line III between Colaba in South Mumbai and Santacruz Electronic Export Promotion Zone (Seepz) in the western suburb of Santacruz.

Sena’s protest on Thursday was also about the rehabilitation of potential PAPs around Line III of Mumbai Metro. This 33-km line will be built fully underground, as it traverses through thickly populated parts of south, south central and north central Mumbai. Many buildings in south and south central part of Mumbai came up in the early parts of the last century, and residents fear they may not able to withstand the vibrations from the underground drilling. More info