Af­ter 5 years, boat­ing starts at mini seashore in Vashi

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

VASHI: Mini Seashore, a favourite place with city res­i­dents now has an added at­trac­tion. Boat­ing ser­vices at the pond, which had been dis­con­tin­ued al­most five years ago, have started again.

Huge fam­ily crowds can be seen at the pond in Sec­tor 10A since ear­lier this week, with a high de­mand for boat­ing.

The ser­vice, from 8am to 8pm, is be­ing provided by Square Ma­rine Pvt. Ltd. and there are 10 pad­dle boats. More boats are ex­pected to be added soon. The charges are Rs50 a per­son for half an hour.

Deputy mayor Av­inash Lad, who is also a lo­cal cor­po­ra­tor, said: “There had been a de­mand from res­i­dents to re­store the boat­ing ser­vice at the pond. There is lit­tle out­door ac­tiv­ity for kids and fam­i­lies in the city and hence there is a big de­mand for boat­ing.”

He said, “The ear­lier boat­ing ser­vice was dis­con­tin­ued as the agency had to pay to MTDC even for the four months of mon­soon when the ser­vices had to be sus­pended. This did not make it fea­si­ble for them.”

Lad said, “Af­ter much ef­forts, we have man­aged to get the area un­der NMMC ju­ris­dic­tion and man­aged to get the agency to op­er­ate the ser­vice. The charges too have been kept to the min­i­mum so that ev­ery­one can have a great time.”

Ac­cord­ing to Lad the re­sponse has been huge and crowds flock­ing to mini-seashore have grown af­ter the boat­ing fa­cil­ity was started.

The area’s se­cu­rity is also be­ing up­graded.

Lad said, “Work on in­stalling around 13 CCTV cam­eras in the area has be­gun. It should be com­pleted within two weeks.”

He said, “A large num­ber of res­i­dents from kids to the el­derly and women come to miniseashore es­pe­cially early in the morn­ing and in the evening for their walks.

Their se­cu­rity is of great con­cern and hence we de­cided to have the cam­eras to mon­i­tor the area.”

Lad said, “We want to make the area an ideal spot for res­i­dents and visi­tors to have qual­ity fam­ily time and also to main­tain good health. All steps are be­ing taken with this ob­jec­tive.”

The res­i­dents are of course very pleased.

Rakesh Mit­tal, a res­i­dent, said: “We of­ten come here with our chil­dren who love the sur­round­ings, the pond, garden and of course the toy train. Now, with boat­ing added, our trips are cer­tainly go­ing to in­crease. The kids are hav­ing a great time.”

Af­ter much ef­forts, we have man­aged to get the area un­der NMMC ju­ris­dic­tion and man­aged to get the agency to op­er­ate the ser­vice. The charges too have been kept to the min­i­mum so that ev­ery­one can have a great time. AV­INASH LAD, deputy mayor

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Visi­tors at Mini Seashore en­joy a boat ride.

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