Civic body will get a swanky HQ by Feb

The state-of-the-art struc­ture will re­flect city’s growth, say civic of­fi­cials; will also house a sewage treat­ment plant and sub-sta­tion

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

The civic body is all set to get a swanky new of­fice by Fe­bru­ary next year, al­most five years af­ter the con­struc­tion com­menced. Once ready, the state-ofthe-art head­quar­ters of the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) will be a land­mark for the city, said civic of­fi­cials.

“We have not com­pro­mised on any as­pect of the build­ing. The struc­tural work has been done such that there are no com­plaints in the years to come. The in­te­ri­ors, too, are of world-class qual­ity,” said Mo­han Da­gaonkar, city engi­neer.

The build­ing, which is lo­cated on Palm Beach Road, will be the pride of the city and will re­flect the growth and progress of the city, said the of­fi­cial. “Plan­ners will not have to worry about another of­fice for years to come,” said Da­gaonkar.

The build­ing has been de­signed to de­pict both the tra­di­tional and the mod­ern, keep­ing in view the his­tory of the city. While the first three floors will have a nat­u­ral stone cladding, the floors above will have a glazed cladding.

The six-storey build­ing with a dome is built on a 20,000 sq m plot in sec­tor 15A, CBD Be­la­pur. The con­struc­tion will cost the civic body around Rs150 crore.

“The toi­lets, fire-fight­ing pro­vi­sions and elec­tri­cal ducts are al­ready in place. The plan for the mod­u­lar of­fice is ready and will be in place soon,” said Da­gaonkar.

The work for the sewage treat­ment plant, 33 kv sub-sta­tion work to en­sure un­in­ter­rupted power sup­ply and land­scap­ing have also started. While work on the two smaller domes has been com­plete, the main dome is still be­ing con­structed. Da­gaonkar, who has been re­view­ing the work on a weekly ba­sis, said, “There were a num­ber of chal­lenges, in­clud­ing the large dome.”

“I am sat­is­fied with the progress of work. Built at Rs4,000 a sq ft, this state-of-the-art build­ing is be­ing much cheaper cost than the Cidco ex­hi­bi­tion cen­tre,” said Thane guardian min­is­ter Ganesh Naik.

“Al­though the de­lay in con­struc­tion in­creased the cost from Rs40 crore to Rs150 crore, I have been told that the work will be com­pleted soon,” said Naik, adding that the de­lay was be­cause there were peo­ple who had lev­elled charges of cor­rup­tion against the civic body.

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