Kharghar, New Pan­vel to get 33 gar­dens, play­grounds by 2017 8 trucks seized for dump­ing de­bris on Cidco land, con­trac­tor de­tained

CIDCO INI­TIA­TIVE Ten­der­ing process com­pleted; pro­ject to cost the plan­ning agency Rs38 crore

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Even as Mum­bai fights for more open spa­ces, res­i­dents of Kharghar and New Pan­vel will get 33 new play­grounds and gar­dens for recre­ation.

City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) laid the foun­da­tion stone for the play­grounds and gar­dens on Mon­day.

At a press con­fer­ence at Cidco Bha­van, San­jay Bha­tia, the vicechair­man and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Cidco, said, “The ten­der­ing process for the de­vel­op­ment of 33 gar­dens and play­grounds has al­ready been com­pleted and the work has been awarded to qual­i­fied con­trac­tors. The de­sign and draw­ings have been fi­nalised and th­ese gar­dens and play­grounds shall be com­pleted by March 2017.”

In the first phase, con­struc­tion of com­pound wall with tree plan­ta­tion will be done. In the se­cond phase, ameni­ties such as path­way, seat­ing, chil­dren’s play unit, cricket pitch and skat­ing rings will be de­vel­oped. The es­ti­mated cost for the de­vel­op­ment of the gar­dens and play­grounds in Kharghar and New Pan­vel nodes is Rs27 crore and Rs11 crore re­spec­tively.

“A new pol­icy is un­der process for the main­te­nance of the gar­dens. A stake­hold­ers’ com­mit­tee shall be asked to mon­i­tor the main­te­nance and pro­tec­tion of gar­dens and play­grounds,” said Bha­tia.

Af­ter the foun­da­tion-lay­ing cer­e­mony at Sec­tor 8, plot num­ber 1, Kharghar, Cidco com­menced the de­vel­op­ment work of 11 gar­dens and 15 play­grounds in Sec­tor 1 to 21 of Kharghar node and five gar­dens and two play­grounds in New Pan­vel node.

Pan­vel MLA Prashant Thakur, who was present at the cer­e­mony, said “Cidco has taken an ef­fi­cient step to­wards plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment of nodes in south of Navi Mum­bai.”

“Cidco has pre­pared the smart city ac­tion plan keep­ing in mind the needs and con­ve­niences of the cit­i­zens. The well planned in­fras­truc­tural fa­cil­i­ties shall pro­vide qual­ity of life to the cit­i­zens and world-class fa­cil­i­ties,” said Shri­rang Barne, MP, Maval.

Those present dur­ing the cer­e­mony in­cluded Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil pres­i­dent Charushila Gharat, Kharghar sarpanch Anjani Thakur and Navi Mum­bai chief en­gi­neer KK Varkhed­kar among oth­ers.

Kharghar, which falls un­der Cidco ju­ris­dic­tion, boasts of best of recre­ational ameni­ties in Navi Mum­bai in­clud­ing the Cen­tral Park and Golf Course.

Kamothe res­i­dents have been de­mand­ing for sim­i­lar ameni­ties for a long time, say­ing that the node has been ne­glected.

Eight trucks were seized by Kharghar po­lice on Tues­day for al­legedly dump­ing de­bris on a City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) land with­out per­mis­sion. The con­trac­tor was de­tained by the po­lice.

Ex­ca­va­tion work was un­der­way at plot num­ber 2 in Sec­tor 33 of Kharghar for the con­struc­tion of a school of Mum­bai-based Shri Vileparle Kel­wani Man­dal.

The work was car­ried out by Shri Sid­dhiku­mar In­fra­struc­ture.

The con­trac­tor had been dump­ing the de­bris with­out per­mis­sion on a Cidco plot re­served for cen­tral park at Sec­tor 24.

Cidco ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer RM Kusalkar and as­sis­tant ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer Vish­wanath Pan­d­ule learnt of the dump­ing and rushed to the spot.

Fol­low­ing an in­spec­tion, Kusalkar com­plained to the Kharghar po­lice about eight dump trucks dump­ing de­bris on the plot.

The po­lice then seized the trucks and de­tained the com­pany su­per­vi­sor Ravin­dra Pandey.

Ashok Ya­dav, who works for Shri Sid­dhiku­mar In­fra­struc­ture, said, “We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the is­sue. The dumped de­bris will be picked up within two days.”

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