Thane a Prime Can­di­date for Smart City

Thane is sur­rounded with nat­u­ral scenery, greens lashes, it also pro­vides af­ford­able home al­ter­na­tive to home buy­ers, with lead­ing va­ri­ety of malls, high-rises, cul­tural hubs, en­ter­tain­ment and hang-out places, fit­ness clubs and im­pec­ca­ble con­nec­tiv­ity to

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Naren­dra Modi led gov­ern­ment’s am­bi­tious plan 100 Smart Cities in In­dia is much talk about topic in the real es­tate in­dus­try, it is pre­dicted that Smart Cities will bring in de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try and give a boom to the real es­tate mar­ket. Smart City is the need of the hour for In­dia’s ur­ban ar­eas, as the global pop­u­la­tion con­tin­ues to grow at a steady pace, more and more peo­ple are mov­ing to cities ev­ery sin­gle day. Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment in its draft hous­ing pol­icy states smarty city plan in Mum­bai Metropoli­tan Re­gion (MMR), it has iden­ti­fied sev­eral ex­ist­ing cities such as which fit within the el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria for Smart Cities with a pop­u­la­tion be­tween 1-4 mil­lion, this in­cludes Thane city.

What is Smart City?

The key fea­tures of a Smart City is in the in­ter­sect be­tween com­pet­i­tive­ness, Cap­i­tal and Sus­tain­abil­ity. The smart cities should be able to pro­vide good in­fra­struc­ture such as wa­ter, san­i­ta­tion, re­li­able util­ity ser­vices, health care; at­tract in­vest­ments; trans­par­ent pro­cesses that make it easy to run a com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties; sim­ple and on line pro­cesses for ob­tain­ing ap­provals, and var­i­ous citizen cen­tric ser­vices to make cit­i­zens feel safe and happy. Smart City means dif­fer­ent things smart de­sign, smart util­i­ties, smart hous­ing, smart mo­bil­ity, smart tech­nol­ogy etc. A Smart City for its sus­tain­abil­ity needs to of­fer eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to a wide sec­tion of its res­i­dents, re­gard­less of their level of ed­u­ca­tion, skills or in­come lev­els. In do­ing so, a Smart City needs to iden­tify its com­par­a­tive or unique ad­van­tage and core com­pe­tence in spe­cific ar­eas of eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­mote such ac­tiv­i­ties ag­gres­sively, by de­vel­op­ing the re­quired in­sti­tu­tional, phys­i­cal, so­cial and eco­nomic in­fra­struc­tures for it and at­tract- ing in­vestors and pro­fes­sion­als to take up such ac­tiv­i­ties. It also needs to sup­port the re­quired skill de­vel­op­ment for such ac­tiv­i­ties in a big way. This would help a Smart City in de­vel­op­ing the re­quired en­vi­ron­ment for cre­ation of eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

About Thane

As per the key fea­ture of Smart City Thane is el­i­gi­ble con­sid­er­ing all the as­pects. Thane is one of the fastest grow­ing ar­eas of in­fra­struc­ture in the city. Talk­ing about the ac­ces­si­bil­ity Thane of­fers di­rect road con­nec­tiv­ity of­fered by the Western Ex­press High­way to Ghod­bun­der Road, this has emerged as an ex­tended western sub­ur­ban des­ti­na­tion. Prox­im­ity to the air­port and its con­nec­tiv­ity through rail­ways to other parts of the city in­clud­ing CBDs make Thane a pre­ferred lo­ca­tion. Cur­rently, Thane is one of the fastest emerg­ing residential des­ti­na­tions on the out­skirts of Mum­bai city. The grow­ing pop­u­la­tion in the city has trig­gered the de­mand for sub­ur­ban ar­eas, where homes are avail­able at af­ford­able prices and with more avail­abil­ity of space and open ar­eas and nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. It is high on de­mand due to af­ford­able prop­erty rates and peace­ful en­vi­ron­ment pro­vided by the re­gion, many peo­ple are buy­ing prop­erty there. The big­gest com­mer­cial com­plex, residential apart­ments, lux­u­ri­ous town­ships are lo­cated on the Thane Mum­bai.

Smart Cities=In­te­grated Town­ships

The ever in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion in the city has also trig­gered the de­mand for in­te­grated town­ships, which is the ul­ti­mate so­lu­tion to the city’s ma­jor ur­ban prob­lems such as bad roads, traf­fic con­ges­tions, in­ad­e­quate wa­ter and power sup­ply and poor san­i­ta­tion sys­tem. To­day, there is lit­tle doubt that in­te­grated town­ships are the for­mat for city de­vel­op­ment. Last year, the state Cab­i­net pro­posed amend­ment to the Ma­ha­rash­tra Re­gional Town Plan­ning Act un­der which all ‘spe­cial town­ships’ in the state would be re­clas­si­fied as ‘in­te­grated town­ships’ so that they come un­der the ‘smart city’ cat­e­gory. An in­te­grated town­ship has com­prises of ev­ery­thing un­der one roof i.e. it has res­i­dences, Gar­dens, Play Park, Ed­u­ca­tional In­sti­tutes, Hos­pi­tals, Shop­ping Ar­cade, En­ter­tain­ment spa­ces, Restau­rants, com­mu­nity cen­tre, etc. The most im­por­tant thing in a town­ship is so­cial in­fra­struc­ture, good con­nec­tiv­ity, es­tate man­age­ment, busi­ness ar­cade an in­te­grated town­ship al­ways has this essen­tials.

Res­i­den­cies: Thane is the prime lo­ca­tion of Mum­bai where Builders and Real Es­tate De­vel­op­ers, on the other hand, are work­ing on var­i­ous residential projects to pro­vide all cat­e­gories of home seek­ers. Thane Pro­ject is one of the pop­u­lar residential De­vel­op­ments in Mum­bai with many ex­cel­lent ameni­ties like swimming pool, the­atres, chil­dren parks, land­scapes, ban­quet halls, health cares, gym, etc.

Ed­u­ca­tional In­sti­tutes: Thane is dot­ted with ex­cel­lent num­ber of ICSE and CBSE schools , pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion along with re­mark­able sport fa­cil­i­ties , which your child misses out in sub­urbs , due to no space. Ac­cord­ing to the Ed­u­ca­tion World In­dia School Rank­ings 2012, Su­lochanadevi Sing­ha­nia at Thane ranks sixth best day school. There are other good schools like Hi­ranana­dini Foun­da­tion school (icse) and vas­ant vi­har school (state board), Orchid In­ter­na­tional School (CBSE Board).

Shop­ping Malls: Thane has shop­ping malls which are huge in size and di­verse in op­tions. From at­trac­tive global de­sign la­bels to in-house en­ter­tain­ment ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren and umpteen cui­sine op­tions. R-Mall is the largest mall in Thane, fol­lowed by Ko­rum Mall, Vi­viana Mall, which can very well be re­garded as the next best to the high oc­tane lifestyle malls in SoBo. You can also en­joy 4-Dx movie at Cinepolis, Vi­viana. Thane also pleases its mid­dle-class cit­i­zens with shop­ping cen­tres such as D-Mart and Big Bazar. Real es­tate growth in Thane has been rapid, flanked by pop­u­lar realty de­vel­op­ers like Hi­ranan­dani Con­struc­tions, Rus­tom­jee, Lodha, Run­wal who cre­ate town­ships; serv­ing all your needs, from a tiny cof­fee shop un­der your build­ing to a mini-movie theatre. Com­mer­cial spa­ces have equally de­vel­oped due to pen­e­tra­tion from the ma­jor IT and In­dus­trial houses. De­vel­op­ers de­sire to con­struct town­ships here so that they can pro­vide their buy- ers af­ford­abil­ity with lux­ury and with all ameni­ties. Thane is the most pop­u­lar city for the de­vel­op­ment of in­te­grated town­ships. In re­cent times many lux­u­ri­ous yet af­ford­able town­ships have come up in Thane. Thane sat­is­fies all the nec­es­sary re­quire­ments for a Smart City with great in­fra­struc­ture fa­cil­ity, open space, am­ple land and ex­cel­lent con­nec­tiv­ity. Smart Cities re­quire a large and con­ve­niently lo­cated stretch of land. In Mum­bai, while land ac­qui­si­tion con­tin­ues to be a chal­lenge, the bound­aries for residential places are ex­tend­ing to­wards Thane and be­yond in the cen­tral sub­urbs.

Cur­rently, Thane is one of the fastest emerg­ing residential des­ti­na­tions on the out­skirts of Mum­bai city. The grow­ing pop­u­la­tion in the city has trig­gered the de­mand for sub­ur­ban ar­eas, where homes are avail­able at af­ford­able prices and with more avail­abil­ity of space and open ar­eas and nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

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