Fi­nally, three vil­lages at Ele­phanta is­land will get elec­tric­ity CCTV cam­eras to keep an eye on Kharghar

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Ghara­puri is­land of Uran that houses Ele­phanta caves will fi­nally get elec­tric­ity.

The MSEDCL has sanc­tioned a project to pro­vide elec­tric­ity to the is­land.

The rock cut stone sculp­tures of Ele­phanta caves at Ghara­puri is­land lo­cated in Uran taluka are known the world over for their ar­chi­tec­ture. It has been de­clared a world her­itage by UN­ESCO. De­spite this, the three vil­lages of the is­land have no elec­tric­ity.

The state gov­ern­ment has sanc­tioned lay­ing of elec­tric lines at a cost of Rs16 crore. The work is ex­pected to be com­pleted in six months.

Uran coun­cil pres­i­dent Ma­hesh Baldi and Ghara­puri’s for­mer sarpanch Ra­jen­dra Padte fol­lowed up on the is­sue and de­manded per­ma­nent elec­tric power sup­ply for Ghara­puri.

Baldi said, “The ab­sence of elec­tric­ity on the is­land forced the chil­dren of the vil­lagers to live in Uran, Pan­vel and Navi Mumbai for their ed­u­ca­tion.”

Padte said the state gov­ern­ment and the tourism depart­ment have been sup­ply­ing elec­tric­ity to the is­land for only two hours every day us­ing a gen­er­a­tor. “Ear­lier so­lar pan­els had been in­stalled on the is­land but they did not work,” he said.

MSEDCL chief en­gi­neer Satish Karpe said there was a prob­lem with lay­ing elec­tric ca­bles be­cause of JNPT port nearby.

“Hence, MSEDCL has now de­cided to lay sub­ma­rine ca­bles from Nhava to sup­ply elec­tric power,” said Karpe.

He added, “We re­cently called for ten­ders worth Rs16 crore for lay­ing of the ca­bles. The con­tract has been awarded to Ca­ble Cor­po­ra­tion com­pany.”

The com­pany will re­quire two months to ready the ca­ble.

“Once that is done, the work will be taken up. The work can any­way not be taken up im­me­di­ately due to mon­soon,” said Karpe.

Giv­ing details of the work, Karpe said, “The ca­bles will be laid 7 to 15 me­tres deep in the ocean. There will be dig­ging work of 3 me­tre for lay­ing the ca­ble.”

He said, “Once the ca­bles are laid, we will have to spend around Rs 2 crore to en­sure sup­ply of elec­tric­ity to the is­land.”

The City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) will com­mis­sion 124 closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion (CCTV) cam­eras that it has in­stalled in Kharghar on Mon­day.

The cam­eras will help beef up se­cu­rity in the node. It will also help the po­lice iden­tity and trace crim­i­nals.

The cam­eras will be com­mis­sioned on Mon­day by Navi Mumbai po­lice com­mis­sioner He­mant Na­gar­ale.

A spe­cial con­trol room set up on the sec­ond floor of CBD Be­la­pur rail­way sta­tion com­plex will also be in­au­gu­rated. The com­mand cen­tre will be manned by Cidco and po­lice of­fi­cers.

Se­nior public re­la­tions of­fi­cer of Cidco Mo­han Ni­nawe said, “Kharghar is a fast de­vel­op­ing node with the pop­u­la­tion touch­ing al­most 3 lakh. There has also been a rise in the num­ber of tourists af­ter Cen­tral Park and the golf course was built. The Gram Vikas Bha­van too is near Cen­tral Park.”

There was a need to tighten se­cu­rity as the node is de­vel­op­ing fast.

The work on Be­la­pur to Pend­har metro rail is in progress. A na­ture park is be­ing de­vel­oped on Kharghar hill. A 1.5-km sky­walk from Kharghar rail­way sta­tion to Bank of In­dia is be­ing built. The node has more than 40 schools.

Ni­nawe said, “This has also led to rise in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties in the node. Cidco has de­cided to in­stall cam­eras in Kharghar at golf course, Cen­tral Park, Gram Vikas Bha­van, Bank of In­dia, Hi­ranan­dani bridge, Ut­sav chowk, Taloja cen­tral jail, gur­d­wara and so on.”

He said, “Cidco is im­ple­ment­ing its CCTV city con­trol project to curb crimes and en­sure law and or­der in Cidco’s South Navi Mumbai smart city project.”

Ni­nawe said the planning agency will in­stall 574 CCTV cam­eras at 293 places in the var­i­ous nodes of Kharghar, Kalam­boli, Pan­vel, New Pan­vel, Ulwe, Dron­a­giri and Kamothe that fall in the South Navi Mumbai smart city project un­der Cidco ju­ris­dic­tion.

He added, “The CCTV project will cost Cidco Rs108 crore and will prove to be of im­mense value to the po­lice which had re­quested the fa­cil­ity. The lo­ca­tions for the CCTV cam­eras have been fi­nalised af­ter joint in­spec­tion by CIDCO and po­lice of­fi­cials to en­sure max­i­mum cov­er­age and con­stant watch on the pro­ceed­ings in the city.”

A to­tal of 268 CCTV cam­eras have been in­stalled by NMMC in Navi Mumbai re­gion from Airoli to Be­la­pur. It was the first city in the state to do so, even be­fore Mumbai. It has helped the Navi Mumbai po­lice crack sev­eral cases and also send­ing e-chal­lans to traf­fic vi­o­la­tors.

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