Civic cor­po­ra­tions form panel for wa­ter trans­port project

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­

To speed up in­land wa­ter trans­port be­tween Thane and other cities, a joint com­mit­tee of Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (TMC) with other mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions was formed on Wed­nes­day.

The com­mit­tee com­prised of­fi­cials from TMC, Kalyan-Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion, Mira Bhayan­der, Va­sai, Vi­rar and Bhi­wandi Nizam­pur Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tions.

Last week, the TMC pre­sented the pro­posal of start­ing in­land wa­ter­ways to the cen­tral min­istry and also got in-prin­ci­ple ap­proval for it. Fol­low­ing this, the civic com­mis­sioner San­jeev Jaiswal had called a meet­ing with other mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions.

San­dep Malvi, pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, said, “A dis­cus­sion re­gard­ing work­ing on the pro­posal for this project was con­ducted. The cor­po­ra­tions will have to check the fea­si­bil­ity of var­i­ous as­pects of this project. A pro­posal will have to be made which will be pre­sented to the cen­tral gov­ern­ment. A meet­ing of this joint com­mit­tee will be­held ev­ery month.”

In Thane the wa­ter trans­port will start from Kol­shet, Saket and Diva to­wards Kalyan, Bhi­wandi, Borivli and Va­sai Vi­rar. “The prime sta­tion of this trans­port will be at Kol­shet. We have planned to con­struct wait­ing rooms, ticket win­dows and park­ing fa­cil­ity at this sta­tion. A plan for this will he pre­pared by the com­mit­tee with the help of the mar­itime board. The work of con­struct­ing a jetty at Gaimukh Port is also un­der­taken which will be com­pleted be­fore March,” Malvi added.

The state gov­ern­ment has re­cently an­nounced wa­ter trans­port be­tween Mum­bai and Navi Mum­bai. Thane city, in its first phase of wa­ter trans­port project, will start wa­ter trans­port to Kalyan, Va­sai, Vi­rar and Bhi­wandi.

In the sec­ond phase the city has pro­posed to the cen­tre to start wa­ter trans­port from Thane to Gate­way of In­dia or till a jetty nearby the Gate­way.

The TMC will make a De­tailed Project Re­port based on this study and sub­mit to the cen­tral gov­ern­ment for ap­proval.

The cor­po­ra­tion had promised to start the first phase, which is the wa­ter trans­port from Thane to Kalyan, Va­sai, Vi­rar and Bhi­wandi within a year.

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