Push­pak Na­gar to be ready by 2018 Wa­ter trans­port plan: Cidco to is­sue ten­ders for jetty at Nerul ON THE ANVIL

GREEN­FIELD SMART CITY The Rs941 crore project, spread over 230 hectares, is ex­pected to house 2.4 lakh peo­ple

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The City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) Navi Mum­bai South Smart City project also has the green­field smart city – Push­pak Na­gar, which is planned to be a model for the Cidco smart city project.

The work on Rs941-crore project, spread over 230 hectares, has al­ready be­gun.

It is ex­pected to be com­pleted by De­cem­ber 2018. A to­tal of 2.4 lakh peo­ple are ex­pected to live in the node.

Push­pak Na­gar is lo­cated in the southern area of Navi Mum­bai on NH4B, ap­proach­ing the Jawa­har­lal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). It is at a dis­tance of around 40km from the ex­ist­ing air­port at Mum­bai and 4km from the pro­posed Navi Mum­bai In­ter­na­tional Air­port (NMIA). The en­tire area of Push­pak Na­gar falls in the Pan­vel taluka in Raigad.

Cidco vice-chair­man and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, San­jay Bha­tia said, “As Cidco is mov­ing ahead with the de­vel­op­ment of NMIA, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and re­set­tle­ment have be­come an in­te­gral part.”

He added, “The pack­age pro­posed by Cidco and fi­nalised by the gov­ern­ment of Ma­ha­rash­tra en­vis­ages com­pen­sa­tion in the form of land against the land ac­quired for the de­vel­op­ment of NMIA.

Bha­tia said, “The 230 hectare Push­pak Na­gar town­ship has been planned for al­lot­ment of the land un­der 22.5% scheme to the PAP.”

“As this town­ship is com­ing right next to NMIA, Cidco has de­cided to de­velop this town­ship with top-class in­fra­struc­ture,” added Bha­tia.

“Cidco has also de­cided to de­velop this town­ship as a green­field smart town­ship which will be com­pletely fi­nanced by Cidco and will be able to ac­com­mo­date a pop­u­la­tion of 2.4 lakh peo­ple,” said Bha­tia.

As it is a green­field project, from the very out­set, it will have state-of-the-art in­fra­struc­ture which will pro­vide high qual­ity of life to its cit­i­zens while en­sur­ing en­vi­ron­ment sus­tain­abil­ity of the city.

The air­port project-af­fected peo­ple will get land at Push­pak Na­gar un­der 22.5% scheme.

You will soon be able to take a ferry to Mum­bai and even Goa.

The City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) will is­sue ten­ders for a jetty at Nerul on Mon­day.

As part of its Navi Mum­bai (South) smart city project, Cidco has been tak­ing up sev­eral con­nec­tiv­ity projects.

The RoRo (Roll-On/ Roll-Off) wa­ter ser­vice is one among them. It will en­able res­i­dents to take their ve­hi­cles along the wa­ter route in the ves­sels.

Giv­ing de­tails of the project, Cidco vice-chair­man and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor San­jay Bha­tia said, “We have a huge coastal belt in the city and it can be used well for wa­ter trans­port which has long been pend­ing. It will ease the bur­den on the high­ways and save the com­muters from traf­fic jams.”

Bha­tia said, “There are three agen­cies in­volved in the project. Cidco will be work­ing on the project with Ma­ha­rash­tra Mar­itime Board (MMB) and Bom­bay Port Trust (BPT) to start the wa­ter trans­port.”

Ac­cord­ing to Bha­tia, “Jet­ties will be de­vel­oped at Bhaucha Dhaka by BPT, MMB will de­velop Mandwa in Raigad and we will de­velop the Nerul jetty.”

Bha­tia added they would be call­ing for ten­ders for the Nerul jetty on Mon­day.

Plans are afoot to de­velop the jet­ties in such a man­ner that trav­ellers will be able to use RoRo ser­vice at all the three jet­ties to go to Goa.

The wa­ter trans­port project is ex­pected to be com­pleted in two years.

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