The Maharashtra state cabinet today decided to double the amount of compensation that the farmers affected by the excessive rains in July are entitled to get. This was the first cabinet meeting after the expansion of the state cabinet. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde presided over the meeting.

As per the current NDRF – ‘National Disaster Response Fund’ norms, a farmer receives Rs 6,800 per hectare as compensation. The state government has decided to double the amount. In addition, earlier, NDRF norms were applicable for damage to crops on a maximum of two hectares. Cabinet has decided to extend it up to three hectares.

The Cabinet also approved the revised proposal for Mumbai Metro – 3 project. The original cost of this project was Rs. 23 thousand 136 crores, which is now increased by around 10 thousand crores to Rs. 33 thousand 405 crore 82 lakh. The total length of Mumbai Metro Route 3 is 33.5 km and this route is entirely underground. 

This route has 27 stations including 26 subways and one overground and it is estimated that 17 lakh passengers will travel daily by the year 2031.

At present, 98.6 percent of the tunnels have been completed and about 82.6 percent of the underground stations have been completed. Acquisition of 73.14 hectares of government land and 2.56 hectares of private land has been completed for this project.

The cabinet has also given approval for the establishment of a new government medical college with an admission capacity of 100 students and a 430-bed district hospital by upgrading the district general hospital attached to the college at Ratnagiri.