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
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.”