Engineers suggest novel ideas to make city smarter You can soon go boating at Ghansoli pond POPULATION CENSUS IN CITY
Flamingos flock to Sagar Vihar, Vashi, on Friday. As winter approaches, flocks of flamingos migrate to the city.
The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) held a workshop at The Institution of Engineers at CB Belapur on Thursday for engineers to brainstorm on how Navi Mumbai could be made a smart city.
Engineers from various institutions such as The Institute of Town Planners, The Indian Institute of Architects, The Institute of Company Secretaries Of India, The Vaikuntha Mehta Institute for Decentralized Industries, The Indian Institute of Materials Management and The Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering, took part in the workshop.
NMMC chief city engineer Mohan Dagaonkar presented the achievements of the civic body and consulted engineers, architects and other leading fraternity on the Smart City projects.
Dagaonkar said, “The NMMC aims to establish Navi Mumbai as an exemplar for both citizens as well as other cities around the world. A place where everything we want to achieve will come together: eco-friendly and sustainable environs, efficient infrastructure and an enviable lifestyle.”
Dagaonkar then listed a few challenges faced by the NMMC, such as strengthening the public transport system, providing adequate parking facility, ensuring citizen safety and maintaining a high-growth trajectory for economic development, among others, and sought their ideas on how these challenges could be overcome.
Those present at the workshop brainstormed and gave their opinions on various projects.
They also spoke on how Smart City Navi Mumbai could bring about a significant change in the lives of residents with improved infrastructure and lifestyle.
A proposal to commence fish breeding and boating at Ghansoli pond was approved at the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation’s (NMMC) general body on Friday. The proposal, once implemented, will earn the civic body revenue of Rs56,000 a year.
The NMMC received seven bids for the tender. Of the seven bidders for the Bharat Ratna late Rajiv Gandhi Quarry pond at Gothivli, the contract was awarded to one Yogesh Patil of Gothivli village.
The NMMC, had, in the past, also invited tenders for fish breeding and boating facility, but it received a poor response.
“The condition of the ponds in the city is pathetic and hence, the response has been poor,” said NCP corporator Damyanti Achre, adding, “If the civic body cleans up the ponds, several bidders will be keen to take up the contracts.”
Congress corporator Vaijayanti Bhagat called for immediate action Fish breeding and boating facilties at the Ghansoli pond will earn the civic body revenue of Rs56,000 a year.
to save the ponds.
Shiv Sena corporator Kishore Patkar said that blaming the administration alone is not going to help. “We need to create more awareness on eco-friendly idols for immersion during Ganeshotsav and Navratri celebrations,” said Patkar.
However, NCP corporator Anant Sutar said, “Immersion of idols will continue as it is our culture. But the ponds need to be regularly
cleaned. They have not been touched for five years, resulting in silt and garbage polluting the pond. Who will eat fish from such a polluted pond?”
Mayor Sudhakar Sonawane instructed the administration to not wait till May to clean the ponds before the monsoon. “We all need to begin work on it immediately. In future, we should also look at the possibility of immersion in the creek to protect the ponds.”
The NMMC is preparing the National Population Register (NPR), a database of the identities of all Indian residents.
Civic chief Dinesh Waghmare said, “The government has ordered the updation of NPR and seeding of the Aadhaar number in the NPR database. The government departments will use it for selecting beneficiaries for various schemes. Our personnel will be going door to door to collect information of all the residents from areas under the NMMC’s jurisdiction. We request all to give information on the queries asked and cooperate in this work of national importance.”