Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Navi Mumbai notes

If you get to live and work in Navi Mumbai, you can have a quality of life better than in most Indian cities. Shocking? Tough to believe? But this is my experience over the last few days (and seeing how the city has evolved since the time we shifted to the new suburb from the city more than 10 years back).

When we shifted here, this city was just about shaking off its ghost city tab. CBD Belapur, with CBD standing for Central Business District was more Completely Blank and Deserted. Today it has a five star hotel and quite a few businesses - it is not really CBD, but it does have its share.

Then, the train crawled to reach Navi Mumbai, bus services were non existent. Our own apartment complex was in the middle of nowhere and there were times when we had to carry the gas cylinder to our house since nobody was very happy to deliver it. The only things worth writing home about were educational institutions. Land was cheap and these institutions wanted it in plenty - most of them were blessed by politicians of various hues (Ramrao Adik, DY Patil and so on). The educational institutions and of course, Reliance were the only things here, unless you counted Patni.

Today, it is a nice ecosystem. The wholesale market has shifted here and with it, some parts of the trading community - after a longish resistance. The local bus service is decent, far better than Bangalore, if you ask me. Roads are wide, which is what happens when you build an entire city on marshland, the land is (was) available for free, when CIDCO started off. Railway stations with their attached complexes, they are an old story, are good and nearly completely occupied. The city had plans for a railway line of its own, in cold storage now, though budgets could justify it soon. Reliance, of course, is a very happy patron of this city. Travel to the main city is still not easy as it can be - perhaps introducing Volvo buses would be a great idea BEST. The auto rickshaw guys are not yet as professional as in the old city; the toll to enter the city and levied on the railway tickets is a pain, but the city is still a nice place to live in - minus the big city congestion. Yet, there are two views, as my co-blogger would say...

I hope to post more about the rise of Navi Mumbai soon...


doubtinggaurav said...

Hi Neel,

Yes I do think connectivity is the biggest issue for development of Navi Mumbai.

But yes things are better compared to crash in the real estate during 90's (which followed the irrational exuberance of being CDB)

How is the new line to Thane (via Khapoli-Turbhe I guess) shaping up ?

By the way there was some talk of Sewri-Nhava Shiva bypass, still in limbo I guess.

Anonymous said...

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aaccording said...

Where is NMMC investing public taxes – take a look at all the work approved at the weekly NMMC standing committee
When you pay your taxes to NMMC, it is spent for your amenities, facilities and making quality of life better in your neighborhood. NMMC Standing Committee and General Body meetings are specifically for those of you who want to know how you’re hard earned taxes are being spent. Deliberations and the work that will be carried out in the city after this week’s Standing Committee meet.
Another significant proposal to be taken up during the meeting were the audit reports of departmental work for the years 1997 – 98, 2001 – 02, 2003 – 04 and 2004 – 05 that were earlier sent to the Commissioner for compliance. Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik gave details of this proposal.

aaccording said...

major project of Children's Park worth Rs 52 crore and other civic work worth Rs 20 crore are approved
In the General Body Meeting also major project of Children's Park worth Rs 52 crore and other civic work worth Rs 20 crore are approved. Besides, renting of shops of Shirvane's Shopping Complex proposal was initially not approved by any corporator, rather 13 corporators opposed it. "Ideally, once the proposal is opposed by maximum corporators, it should be disapproved by the House and should come back for discussion only after three months. But, ruling party took up the proposal in the same meeting and sanctioned it.
Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik denied all the allegations and said, "All corporators are unanimously approving all civic tender proposals, because corporation election will be held next year, and all of them will be answerable to the public.

aaccording said...

Navi Mumbai Kerala samaj celebrates silver Jubilee
The Navi Mumbai Kerela samaj held an inaugural function for its silver jubilee celebrations at Nerul. Present to join the celebrations of the Keralites was Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik.
It was a day of double joy for the Navi Mumbai Kerela Samaj as the community was not just celebrating their Onam festival but was also celebrating its successful completion of 25 years. The community held an event at Nerul and celebrated the day with traditional galore. Present to be a part of the celebrations and to inaugurate the silver jubilee celebrations of the community was Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik. He praised the works of the community on the day. He also wished the Kerela community a very happy Onam.
Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik also announcd a donation of Rs 11 lakhs for the commendable work being done by the Navi Mumbai Kerala Samaj.