Mumbai to see a makeover by 2020

By 2020, Navi Mumbai will be unrecognisable as a simple satellite city grappling with the sudden burst of demands from citizens. Soon, recreational activities and iconic structures of international standards will no longer be a dream.

The city has been proposed to house an iconic entrance like Gateway of India, an international sports academy, musical fountains, streets covered with trees, multi-storey parking lots and much more, a la Singapore. The best part? No extra taxes will have to be paid for this ambitious one-time plan that was presented by the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) yesterday at a District Planning and Development Council (DPDC) meeting in Thane.

As per the proposed plan, all the nodes - Central Business District (CBD) Belapur, Nerul, Sanpada, Vashi, Koparkhairane, Ghansoli, Airoli and Trans Thane Creek (TTC) industrial area - will be developed by 2020. CBD Sector 15 has been chosen for a pilot project that is expected to finish by end of 2013.

Money talk
Navi Mumbai was planned and constructed in 1970. The budget for the proposed development plan is estimated at Rs 12,821 crore. Out of that, Rs 3,733 crore will be raised by NMMC, Rs 1,000 crore by MMRDA and Rs 650 crore by JNNURM, Rs 2,443 crore by deferred payment, and Rs 4,995 crore through loans from national and international financial organisations.

Navi Mumbai will be developed as an Eco City and The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) have signed an MOU with NMMC for the same. In a citizen-friendly decision, NMMC will share the proposed development plan with the citizens of Navi Mumbai and invite suggestions if any.

Big honour
The city Mayor Sagar Naik has been invited to present the growth and future plan of Navi Mumbai at a conference at Berlin in the end of June.

Node-wise development plan at a glance

CBD Node
Multi-storey parking lot
Beautification of sea shore
Beautification of nullahs and surroundings
Multi-storey central bus depot
Widening of internal roads and footpaths

Nerul Node
Beautification of Sion-Panvel Road and Palm Beach Road
Beautification of the only natural water body on Palm Beach Road
New amusement park and jogging track surrounding the lake
Boating club, fountains and food plazas near the lake
Use of windmills for beautification of lake

Sanpada Node
Development of neglected playgrounds and recreation grounds

Vashi Node
Multi-storey parking lot opposite Vashi railway station
Mini seashore
Footpaths near Sagar Vihar to be renovated
Beautification of chowpatty
Beautification of road from Vashi station to Shivaji Chowk
Wide footpaths and walking tracks on the road from Shivaji Chowk to Sagar Vihar

Koparkhairane Node
Central bus depot to be rebuilt to improve internal transport facility
Improvement in roads, footpaths and parking lots
Develop greenery

Ghansoli Node
Proposed sports complex and stadium

Airoli Node
Iconic structure at the entrance of Navi Mumbai
Beautification of Thane-Belapur road
Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Memorial near entry gate to be the landmark
Auditorium (Natya Gruha)
Stadium and sports academy of international standards with accommodation facility for players

Ganesh Naik, guardian minister, Thane district, and minister of state excise and unconventional energy: We have come up with this one-time plan to make Navi Mumbai a world-class city. We know this can’t be achieved without the support of administration, all the political parties and the citizens. We can design similar plans for Thane too.

Sagar Naik, mayor, Navi Mumbai: Ganesh Naik is the force behind the future planning of Navi Mumbai. Fitch Ratings has already awarded an AA rating to Navi Mumbai. This year, NMMC has appointed Crisil to do the financial audit and we are hopeful to achieve AAA rating, so that we can avail loans at low interest rates from International agencies.

Vivek Pandit, MLA: Navi Mumbai’s mayor and commissioner deserve the credit for this ambitious plan that will make the city truly international class. The proposed one-time plan for Navi Mumbai should be shared with the citizens and suggestions should be invited. 

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