City Planning organisation CIDCO will develop seven nodes and a greenfield project Pushapak Nagar in Navi Mumbai, under the Smart City Mission. No funds will be drawn from the government
The City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO), a city planning organisation created by the state Government, is all geared to launch its 'smart city' project worth Rs35,000 crore. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will unveil the smart city plan of CIDCO on Friday.
According to media reports, the city planning organisation is not taking any funds from the government and instead plans to use its own fund and take support from private corporations to complete the CIDCO Navi Mumbai South smart city project spread over about 75 sq kms.
"The brownfield project (developing on existing facilities) including Panvel, Dronagiri, Kamothe, Kalamboli, Kharghar, Ulwe and Taloja nodes, and the greenfield project Pushpak Nagar (2.5sq km) near the airport will be developed by CIDCO at a cost of about Rs35,000 crore. Equipped with smart roads, transport, security, tech-driven, citizen-friendly administration, CIDCO Navi Mumbai South is expected by 2019," the report says.
Earlier in August, the Central Government unveiled a list of 98 cities under its Smart City Mission. Five years down the line, of the 98 cities and towns will graduate into smart cities, 24 are capital cities, another 24 are business and industrial centres, 18 are culture and tourism influenced areas, five are port cities and three are education and health care hubs. Navi Mumbai is one of the 10 cities selected for the Mission in Maharashtra.
Next month on Republic Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will announce the final list of 10 cities to be developed as Smart City, which will be selected at the state and central level. Navi Mumbai will make its presentation at the state level on 5th December and if selected, it will do the same at the central level on 15th December.
Sanjay Bhatia, Managing Director of CIDCO told the newspaper that "The cities (under CIDCO Smart City Project) will be ready by 2019 and are being created to cater to the 8.4 lakh jobs that will be created on account of the several infrastructure projects worth Rs50,000 crore. Many of them are already past the tender stage."
Separately, the Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) initiated steps to appoint operators for Ferry Wharf (Bhaucha Dhakka) in Mumbai to Nerul in Navi Mumbai and Ferry Wharf-Mandwa (in Raigad district) inland water transport services. While Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) will build terminals at Ferry Wharf, CIDCO will construct terminals at Nerul and Mandwa.
This water transport service will cut the commuting time to almost half for people from Navi Mumbai to Mumbai. It must be noted, former Minister Ganesh Naik, who was also Guardian Minister of Thane, used to travel many times, via his personal boat from his residence in Navi Mumbai to Mumbai in less than half an hour.
The MMB, which is the implementing agency, plans to begin the water transport services as early as in 2017. It had already received the administrative nod from the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure, early this week.