A unique and first-its-kind initiative of the Government of Maharashtra, Navi Mumbai - also known as the Mumbai Pune - Knowledge Corridor is fast emergin
Navi Mumbai ha a literacy rate of 98%, the average monthly income is Rs .25,000/- and that 64% of the households have vehicles. This booming new metropolis has already become the base of reputed Indian and multinational corporate.
CIDCO's State-of-the-art exhibition centre at Vashi was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Prithviraj Chavanji. The Opening Ceremony was also attended by Ex. Deputy Chief Minister Shri Ajit Pawarji and our own Shri Ganeshji Naik. The Exhibition Centre is one of the top six exhibition centres of the country claimed Shri Sanjay Bhatia, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of CIDCO. The complex, spread over 7.41 hectares of land, received compliments from Prithviraj Chavan, thanks to the architecture of the centre. He said, "This is a new beginning for Navi Mumbai, as it will help more business in the sister city of Mumbai." The fully air-conditioned complex has two large exhibition halls each sub-divisible for smaller events and functions with ancillary facilities, meeting rooms, cafes, lounges & a food court among others. The exhibition centre also consists of a business centre, an ancillary block and is a green building certified by the Indian Green Building Council under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design criteria. The centre has an underground air distribution system and daylight harvesting facilities which is as good as compared to the exhibition centres of China, Europe etc.
Abutting the Ulwe node the proposed Navi Mumbai lnternational Airport is a proposed Greenfield international airport, to be built in the Kopra-Panvel area of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region in India. It is to be located on highway NH 48 near Panvel, about 35 Km from the existing Chhatrapati Shivaji lnternational Airport. The airport is proposed to have a capacity to handle 50-55 million passengers annually. The airport will have a total area of 1160 hectares. National Highway 48 will provide the main road access to the airport from the east, whereas the Aamra Marg wiII allow access from the west. The planned Sweri-Nhava Sheva Trans Harbour Link will connect the airport with Mumbai. Majority of the land required for the Airport has been acquired and the villagers and land owners are on the same page as the authorities. A lot of tenders have also been released with the purpose of speedy development in and around the Airport zone.
The work of ambitious metro rail project of Navi Mumbai is going on well and CIDCO is confident of completing it soon. The services are expected to begin once all the systems are in place. Several aspects of the project are expected to be taken up or will be completed by the coming year. The metro line in the first phase will be laid between Belapur and Pendhar. The metro railway project has been divided into 4 parts i.e. viaduct, stations, depot and systems. The first phase of the project has been taken up in two parts, one is between Belapur and Sector 14, Kharghar and the second part is between Sector 14, Kharghar to Pendhar. There have been lots of meetings held so far wherein various issues have been taken up.
CIDCO has developed a signature golf course of international standards in Kharghar. Located in sector 22 of Kharghar, the proposed golf course is spread over an area of 103 hectares approximately. Conceptualized as a 18 hole golf course the project shall include a Club house, 5 star hotel, Golf academy (for training purposes) and high class residential developments on the peripheral area. The chosen site has an idyllic setting with the Pandav waterfalls as back drop and overview of the 80 ha central park-another international standard project being developed by the corporation. The project in the first phase will have a temporary Club House that will include a reception area, restaurant, changing rooms, shopping and parking area etc.
The wait for a tourist spot in the city is finally over. The first phase of Central park, the ambitious project of CIDCO is completed and active already. Being developed rapidly as a recreational space of the highest order, the central Park is spread over an area of 80 hectares and encompasses sectors 23, 24 and 25 of the scenic Kharghar node. Work on the project had begun in June 2007. The central Park will be a modern park synthesizing the concepts of the famous Hyde Park of London and Central Park of New York. The park hosts a number of recreational facilities for the visitiors. Similarly, a Musical Instrumental Park has given the visitors a glimpse of Indian Music through durable sculptures depiction various Indian musical instruments. It will offer a platform for the budding local artists as well as music maestros. While the Central Park provides ample outlets of recreation for the grownups, the kids are not be left for behind either. The Children's play area also offers normal play activities like riding, sliding, swimming, climbing, balancing, etc. An Amphitheatre in the Central Park aims at promoting cultural activities and providing impetus to performing arts. Its arena will accommodate 8,000 persons and its outer wall will include a waterfall, providing a visual treat from the water park area. Besides, it will include a musical fountain, state-of-the-art food plaza and an exhibition site. The Central Park will also include a Yoga Park to provide the visitors a sneak preview of the Yoga Mudra placed at different locations. Two clubs including indoor and outdoor play facilities with swimming pools have also been proposed in the Park. These will also host marriages and social functions. A virtual herbarium containing a text and photography database of around 35,000 specimens also find a place in the Central Park.
Navi Mumbai primarily sources it water supply from the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation(NMMC) owned Morbe dam, that is located near Khalapur in Raigad district at the Dhavri river which originates from Patalganga river. Incessant rain in the region ensured that the dam is now overflowing.
The much awaited state of the art headquarter of NMMC has a new address on the Palm Beach Road. The building has been designed to depict both traditional and modern look keeping in view the history of the city. Till the third floor it has natural stone cladding and from there onwards upper glazed cladding. The ground floor has all the public utility activity for payment of bills and taxes, accounts etc. The first floor has been designed for future use. The second floor has the engineering departments including town planning, water etc. The administrative offices of the Deputy Municipal Commissioners of various zones is on the third floor. The Mayor and Municipal commissioner offices are on the fourth floor. On the top floor there is house of the general body hall under a magnificent dome that has viewing galleries for visitors and the media. Provision for parking of 200 vehicles has been made at the building that is centrally air conditioned and has Bio-metric System for access control to every department. Entry to the building is from the service road of the Palm Beach Road while the exit is from Amra Marg.
The Navi Mumbai SEZ (NMSEZ) a joint venture between the Mukesh Ambani led Reliance group and CIDCO has got the go ahead from the Board of Approval. Land for the project has already been acquired by CIDCO. It has handed over 1842 hectares on land to the company as of now. The NMSEZ will be developed ad a futuristic business hub and global gateway for trade, commerce, industry, service activities and tourism to India.
The six-lane bridge will start where the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) meets Eastern Express Highway (EEH) and end near Koparkhairane on Palm Beach Road. From here, it will be a short drive to Thane-Belapur Road, which connects with the Pune or Goa highways. JVLR's daily load of one lakh vehicles (travelling between the eastern and western suburbs) will be substantially eased once the bridge comes up. At present, Pune or Goa bound vehicles from Mumbai take either the Airoli or Vashi Bridge on the Sion-Panvel highway, the traffic load of which will come down once the new bridge is ready. In all, 2 lakh vehicles will be diverted from the EEH and the Sion-Panvel highway to the bridge.
We are all enthusiastic about the modern township plan which is to be developed in Navi Mumbai Airport Influence Notified Area (NAINA) by planning agency CIDCO. NAINA is going to be bigger than Mumbai city with all modern facilities of a technocity. CIDCO, which is special planning authority for NAINA, has planned to develop a modern township. It has taken up the pilot project of 38 sq. km. out of the 600 sq. km. of the NAINA, close to the new airport in Panvel taluka for the development of a odern township. NAINA model requires the participation of people who will get developed spaces, along with compensatory floor space index (FSI), in return for the land they give up. It is claimed that NAINA will emerge as a bigger city than Mumbai and will have all modern facilities. NAINA has 20% more area than Mumbai and it has facilities like an International Airport, Raiwalys and a 10-lane highway among others. NAINA will increase the boundaries of Navi Mumbai. The boundaries of Navi Mumbai that had been till Panvel so far, have now reached Khopoli and Karjat. With NAINA and other development happening across, Navi Mumbai is set to emerge as the technocity of not only India but also of the world.
The Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL), also known as the Sewri-Nhava Sheva Trans Harbour Link, is a proposed 21.8 km, freeway grade road bridge connecting the Indian city of Mumbai with Navi Mumbai, its satellite city. When completed, it would be the longest sea bridge in India. The bridge will begin in Sewri, South Mumbai and cross Thane Creek north of Elephanta Island and will terminate at Chirle village, near Nhava Sheva. The road will be linked to the Mumbai Pune Expressway in the east, and to the proposed Western Freeway in the west. The sea link will contain a 6 lane highway, which will be 27 meters in width, in addition to two emergency exit lanes, edge strip and crash barrier. The project is estimated to cost Rs. 14,262 crore (US$2.3 billion). The MMRDA awarded contracts for the project in November 2017; construction is expected to begin in 2018, and complete within four-and-a-half years.
In its bid to connect Navi Mumbai to Mumbai through water transport, the City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) has awarded the Rs111-crore project to construct Nerul jetty, which is likely to be completed within 30 months. A 30-metre-wide and 655-metre-long road will be built from Palm Beach road to connect to the Nerul jetty, said Cidco officials. A 761-square metre structure -including waiting room, food court and other amenities - will also be constructed. At Nerul jetty, there will be a provision for residents to park their vehicles and proceed to Mumbai. A parking lot with a capacity to house 31 cars and 11 buses will be built. In addition, there will be anchor facilities.
The tender has been awarded to Ajwani Infrastructures Pvt Ltd which will develop the jetty in association with Carjewel company, which has experience in water transport terminals. The jetty plan has been prepared by Cashek Engineers Pvt Ltd.
Plans are also afoot to develop the jetties in such a manner that the travellers will be able to use roll on/roll off (R-Ro) services at all the three jetties. The Nerul jetty is expected to be ready before the ones in Mumbai. Since a large number of people travel from the city to Mumbai, the service is eagerly awaited.