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Navi Mumbai getting ready for a Rs35,000 crore 'Smart City' project
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.

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manoharlalsharma

1 year ago

Navi Mumbai getting ready for a Rs35,000 crore 'Smart City' project./its' a laughable subject material we all know that this is the New developments and shifting population is from Mumbai it self so where is the shortfall of money in making and why required? this city is GENRETTING enough fund as Taxes.

Jyoti Dua

1 year ago

A second airport, a smart city and Water Transport service in Navi Mumbai will benefit many people living in Navi Mumbai. In the process many jobs will be created during construction and after wards. State / Central Govt should plan to shift some of its office there. All this will reduce pressure on infrastructure in main city.

Visibly upset Modi leaves Lok Sabha amid uproar
A visibly upset Prime Minister Narendra Modi left the Lok Sabha on Wednesday as opposition members created a din demanding the sacking of minister V.K. Singh.
 
After some 40 minutes of uproar, during which Speaker Sumitra Mahajan's repeated requests to the protesting MPs to calm down fell on deaf ears, Modi left the house.
 
The opposition MPs said they wanted Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh out of the government for making "derogatory comments" against Dalits.
 
The trouble began soon after the house met for question hour as opposition members assembled near the speaker's chair shouting slogans against the minister.
 
"V.K. Singh should resign!" they shouted. Mahajan tried to pacify them on one hand and asked the rest of the house to continue with parliamentary business.
 
Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah looked on from the front rows of the treasury benches.
 
Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu also tried to pacify the agitated members, saying the minister had already clarified the issue and there was no point stretching it further.
 
As the question hour got over amid the din, the speaker again requested the opposition to let the house function but the protesting MPs instead walked out.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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manoharlalsharma

1 year ago

the opposition forgets the CITIZENS look and see live the reason left only 40 from 400 will not be 40 at next election they raise unfit subjects and only to stall proceedings,Rules to make stricter to stick only listed business.

Anand Vaidya

1 year ago

Congress led opposition has converted Parliament into a fish market where hooliganism rules. Voters should remember this behaviour during next election and kick out these anti-nationals

Madan Mohan Gupta

1 year ago

LET ALL WEAKER SECTIONS ON CASTE/ECONOMICAL BASIS BE GIVEN +7% MARKS AND LOCAL CANDIDATES +5% MARKS THEN LET THEM COMPETE EQUALLY ON THE BASIS OF MARKS OBTAINED.

Road agreement with Myanmar, Thailand soon: Gadkari
Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said the central government was working towards inking an agreement with Myanmar and Thailand for seamless flow of traffic across the region.
 
Addressing participants in a car rally, held to promote the Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) agreement on uninterrupted cargo movement in the region, Gadkari said the central government is investing Rs.1 lakh crore in the northeastern region for road projects.
 
"Going forward, we would want to have roads from northeast to Burma (Myanmar) and then Thailand. We are trying to settle in an agreement. The routes will help tourism and trade will flourish," he said at the concluding ceremony of the BBIN Friendship Motor Rally here.
 
The rally covered about 4,500 km following the route of road networks laid out during the BBIN-Motor Vehicle Agreement signed between the four nations at Thimpu in Bhutan in June.
 
Stressing the importance of road network, Gadkari said the central government was keen to develop the infrastructure in the northeast.
 
"We have decided to invest Rs.1 lakh crore in northeast for road projects. We are also very happy to announce that road construction worth Rs.16,000 crore has already started. I hope the northeast will benefit a lot from this," he said.
 
The minister said the Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala bus service that was flagged off in June has strengthened tourism and the mutual ties.
 
"We have also made an agreement with Bangladesh over using the Brahmaputra, which will also help in business and economy. We also hope in future that we will have water-passenger transport for travelling from India to Bangladesh," he said.
 
"We will not only build bridges, but bridge hearts as well," added the minister.
 
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