This city re­minds me of my home­town

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI -

Navi Mum­bai re­minds me of my home­town, Nag­pur. I came here in 2005 and found the place calm, peace­ful, less con­gested, less pol­luted and less traf­fic along with am­ple open spa­ces and gar­dens.

Although my of­fice is in Powai, I pre­ferred to stay in the Is­land City as I get a feel of my home­town here. The Parshik Hill keeps the at­mos­phere pleas­ant and is a good place for morn­ing walk­ers. Even the cli­mate here is much bet­ter than Mum­bai.

The city is fast turn­ing into an ed­u­ca­tional hub and we have branches of some of the best schools, col­leges and univer­si­ties of the coun­try.

Long-back we were de­pen­dent in Mum­bai for ev­ery­thing. But now, we have good shop­ping malls, mul­ti­plexes, hos­pi­tals and ho­tels.

I stay in Nerul which is a very good res­i­den­tial hub with lots of high-rise build­ings.

With the open­ing of Won­ders Park, we have got a good place for chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment.

But I cer­tainly like the place to be pol­lu­tion-free. Au­thor­i­ties should take some steps to en­sure that trucks and con­tain­ers do not ply from the res­i­den­tial ar­eas like the Uran Road. Steps should also be taken to stop park­ing of heavy ve­hi­cles on the side of the road.

(as told to Nibandh Vinod)

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Anil Munde (left), se­nior con­sul­tant, Nokia Siemens, with his fam­ily at their res­i­dence in Nerul.

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