Category: Infrastructure

Abhitash SinghJune 15, 2019

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NMMC got the idea about the project in 2015

If you are a skating enthusiast, then here is something to cheer about the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) which had planned a Skating Park in Nerul at sector 11(A) in the year 2015 and will now be finally initiating it and will try to make it a reality by 2020.

The civic body is in a process to consult skating experts from foreign countries. The skating culture is more dominant internationally and slowly it’s catching up in India.

NMMC Commissioner Dr. Ramaswami N. said, “We all know that now in India the skating is really becoming a known sport. Many youngsters are participating in skating. But we don’t have enough infrastructure for skating. So we have planned to come up with Skating Park in the city. And skating experts from foreign countries can help us and they can only tell us more about their sports or culture more accurately. This sport has western influence and they can be a better guide to help us in constructing a perfect park.”

A senior official from NMMC on the condition of anonymity said, “Apart from taking the help of the foreign skating experts who are best in their respective field, we are also getting suggestions and designs from the local skating group of the city and they too have shown their interest and proposed that they can do the work. We are looking out how can it be worked out.”

The skating park at Nerul will be having two sections that is one for the beginners and the other for the professionals. Apart from the skating facility in the park, it will also be having several other outdoor games facilities constructed in the park which would be spread over 32,000 sq. meter.

Abhitash SinghJune 15, 2019

3min00

Civic chief ask engineers to pull up their socks

The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) Commissioner Dr. Ramaswami N. has set October end as the deadline for the completion of Vishnudas Bhave Natyagraha work. While inspecting the various work in the city on Wednesday the civic chief visited Vishudas Bhave Natyagraha and inspected the work progress. He asked the engineers to pull up their socks and achieve the completion target.

During the inspection, few citizens told him that they have to go all the way to Nerul Agri-Koli Bhavan or Panvel to watch the play. The other option is to go to Mumbai for watching the play. If the Vishnudas Bhave Natyagraha work gets completed soon then it will be easy for them to catch the play or any events in the city itself. The civic chief gave the assurances to the citizens that from November or first week of December they will be able to visit their favourite auditorium of the city.

Dr. Ramaswami N. said, “I have personally inspected the work happening at Vishnudas Bhave Natyagraha. The auditorium has its own charm and most of the events take place here. Marathi plays aficionados are going all the way to Mumbai for watching play. And this is the reason I have asked my engineers to speed up the work and complete the auditorium work till October.”

Earlier, the Vishnudas Bhave Natyagraha renovation or the whole construction of it was stuck in the political fight. But later the NMMC took the decision to renovate the Vishnudas Bhave Natyagraha for the citizens because it is the only auditorium in the city and hence the city should have a proper auditorium with all the facilities in the place. The renovation of the auditorium started from 11th March, 2019 and the estimated time for the completion of the work was eight month.  But now the civic chief has set the new deadline and he wants it to get completed by the end of October.


Abhitash SinghJune 5, 2019
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The company aims to improve the quality of the real estate market in India

IndiaMLS, a company whose mission statement is to create the largest and most accurate database of property listings in India, has brought the greatest invention in real estate to India. The company does not take credit for inventing the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) of course, but it has brought and customized the MLS for the Indian market. The people of Navi Mumbai who search for their homes through different portals which are not accurate all the time may use MLS which will be very helpful in their home search.

An MLS is the single most important real estate tool in western countries such as the US, and absolutely the need of the hour for the real estate industry here. The Indian real estate market is so fragmented, unstructured, and mired with junk data that visitors on real estate websites often call on property listings only to learn those listings are not even available. This happens because the source of the property is not verified, thus their data also cannot be verified for accuracy.

Founded by Jay Patel, who has more than two decades of experience in real estate, IndiaMLS is a membership-based, professional software solution for brokers and builders.  Due to its structure as a B2B company, not only does the MLS contain the most accurate sale or rental listings, but it also includes buyers’ requirements, creating a large database of buyers and sellers on one platform, similar to an exchange like the Bombay Stock Exchange. This allows sellers to quickly find buyers for their sale properties, making it the most effective marketing tool for the industry, unlike any other realty portal in India.

Considering the current scenario of the realty sector and property portals in this country, Jay Patel said, “Most real estate portals in India have so much junk data because they operate with a ‘Pay-Per-Listing’ structure which essentially means people can advertise whatever they want as long as they are paying for it, since there is no verification of data after it has been entered.”

Patel further added, “The Pay-Per-Listing concept used by portals cannot be sustained over the long term, because eventually brokers will realize their sale inventory is even more valuable for the property portals than it is for the brokers. If the real estate portals did not have the listings which brokers provide them, what revenue or value would portals have?  Zero!  That’s why portals should NOT be charging brokers for their listings.  In fact, since they really need the listings, the portals should actually be paying brokers for their valuable data.”

IndiaMLS aims to change the quality of the real estate market in this country through the implementation of a national MLS system. 

Speaking to Newsband, on his efforts for making his vision a reality and creating IndiaMLS, Patel said “After having undergone more than two years of real user testing and feedback from more than 10,000 Indian brokers, our MLS product is perfected for this market. It’s very important to recognize that IndiaMLS is not just another tech company.  We are completely different from traditional real estate portals, and we are positioned to shake up this industry as we introduce the greatest real estate tech invention to India.”

Box Items

Key company USPs include:

•         IndiaMLS is a unique property portal which includes a database of active sellers and buyers, thus creating a true marketplace, similar to a stock exchange.

•         There are NO FAKE LISTINGS on the MLS, unlike most real estate portals which have many junk listings posted by brokers only to generate leads.

•         There are NO DUPLICATE LISTINGS, because all multiple listings for the same property are consolidated into a single listing, making it much easier for all users.

•         The MLS contains only LIVE listings, thus no old or Expired Listings.

•         The MLS has a subscription revenue model, is operated by a Code-of-Ethics, and includes no PPL (Pay-Per-Listing), thus no need for brokers to buy large listing packages to advertise their properties or enter junk data.

•         The MLS is the only system which can provide accurate metrics, based upon local demographics – a very valuable tool.

 


Abhitash SinghJanuary 9, 2019
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Meenatai Thackrey Udyan at Sector 17 in Vashi is spread over an 8,200 sq meter area and it is also named after the wife of a Shiv-Sena founder and a well-known political figure Bal Saheb Thackrey but still, the garden is in urgent need of a toilet inside it. The senior citizens who frequently visit the gardens are demanding for it. One senior citizen went further and said that if the NMMC will come up with an underground toilet system than it will be good for us as well for those who are opposing the toilet inside the garden.

Earlier in 2018, the NMMC approved the toilet inside the garden, also all the materials and equipment were bought for undergoing the constructions work but due to opposition from the adjacent buildings especially women the construction work stopped. The opposition was that if the toilet will be built then there will be an unpleasant odor which will reach to their residents and it will be dangerous for their health.

When Newsband Correspondent spoke to few citizens about the overall picture about the setting up of the toilet in the garden, they said that we were in need of it but you know that good work are opposed sometimes. And we can’t blame the civic body for work not done but sometimes it’s because of the bad attitude of the citizens too.

P.M. Wazir (64) a resident of sector 17 Vashi told, “ If the toilet didn’t come in the garden than the corporator or civic body is not responsible for it but sometimes even citizens are to be blamed for it. I can say that both Sampat Shewale and his wife Dayawanti Shewale tried their level best to get a toilet in the garden which would have been very helpful for a senior citizen like us but due to opposing from many women from the Merchant’s Grain building and the plan just not taken off.”

Jaichandran.K said, “We are still in need of toilet inside the garden. It is very much needed. During winter one frequently need to go to the toilet and thus we face problems. In this garden there is a footfall of around 6000-7000 people daily so the underground toilet plan will be beneficial for both the civic body as well as a citizen. Earlier the place where the toilet was to be build has come up with the open gym for both children and senior citizens.

When Newsband spoke to local corporate Dayawanti Shewale regarding the toilet inside the garden she said, “In early 2018, we proposed a toilet inside the garden and it was also approved but due to opposing from the citizens staying in the society surrounding the garden the construction didn’t happen. But now again we will be proposing the toilet which will be built in Hutatama Babu Genu Maidan (Ground) in sector 17 which is located opposite to the Meenatai Thackrey Udyan. We will get the estimate of it and accordingly we will call for tender of the work.”


Abhitash SinghJanuary 8, 2019
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“I initiated the Navi Mumbai development plan in just one year”

Navi Mumbai is a city which is setting an example for the other cities in the country. All is possible because of the vision of Dr. Ramaswami N. the civic chief of the city who took charge as a Navi Mumbai Commissioner on 30th March 2017. He is a 2004 batch IAS officer and the successor of Navi Mumbai former Municipal Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe. He is masters in Veterinary Science and in the past he has worked as Chief Executive Officer of Jalgaon, Collector of Buldhana and Satara and Assistant Collector of Ratnagiri district. In a very short span of time his work speaks louder than his words. From the day he took charge as a civic body Commissioner he added many feathers in his hat. In a tete-e-tete with Newsband’s Senior Correspondent Abhitash D.Singh, Dr. Ramaswami N. speaks about his plans, vision and also his goal of improving health, education and technology in the city.

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Talk us through your vision and plans for the development of Navi Mumbai.

Being a developed city, planned city we have lots of expectations and even people have lots of expectations. Our mission is sustainable and clean city. Navi Mumbai is already a smart city. There are many things which are needed. There are two kinds of things one is maintenance of existing infrastructure and giving good services and the other is creating quality infrastructure so these are the two main areas we are concentrating on, so in that there are many issues like city mobility plan that I have prepared considering that in future the traffic congestion.  We have already started implementing the city mobility plan and many are into the pipeline. And apart from that our city was not even having the development plan and we were using the CIDCO development plan and now that is in the final stage. And also science centre will be coming up and it was sanctioned recently. CCTV coverage to be increased because existing CCTV is not enough we were having only 300 CCTV camera’s and now I have proposed additional 1200.

We are also coming up with many gardens with various themes. We are coming up with the first garden of its kind for the disabled people in Sanpada. And we have special programs for schools. This year I have implemented smart classrooms in all the 600 municipal classrooms. Again in health also we started CPS course. We also started PG course in our hospitals so that were will be good around 100 doctors in our hospital. Already we have 45 resident doctors and now we will be adding 50 plus more doctors in coming August. Means around 100 plus residents doctors in hospital and now we have recruited people also among other cadres and I will be issuing orders next week. I want to strengthen health, education and other basic infrastructure.

There are comparison between you and your predecessor Tukaram Mundhe on the basis of your working styles. Throw some light on this.

Everyone will have their own style and mode of getting the work done. I don’t want and also don’t like to be compared with anyone.

People in the vicinity have been demanding the Turbhe store FOB and a railway crossing gate at Juinagar. Till when can they expect this infrastructure in place?

In fact both have been sanctioned. Not only FOB in fact we have cancelled the foot over bridge of Turbhe and we have sanctioned rather flyover and that is already under tender process. Again in Juinagar we have sanctioned Railway over Bridge (ROB) at a cost of Rs.68 crores and it is also in tender process. Both will have bridge rather than foot over bridge which will be friendlier for the citizens.

You were in talks with the industry minister with regards to the MIDC land and have also approached the government to consider the civic body proposal to provide housing, while CIDCO can take a call on the same. What is the current status of that?

No final call has been taken on this issue. In fact I have written to them that either you redevelop it or you hand it over to NMMC so that we can make Navi Mumbai a slum free city. Because almost 19 percent of the Navi Mumbai population is in slum and mostly in MIDC area so I think department will take a call on it. Even I will keep pursuing the case with the MIDC CEO in the coming days.

While you were personally undertaking inspection in every place, from Digha village to Diwale, what is the current status of that?

Our entire team is working very hard on the “Swachhta Abhiyan” and it is not only for the ranking but we want to change culture of the city. If everyone is contributing then the city will remain clean. If you are not littering on the road than there is no need for sweeping every time. We have also established systems for monitoring all the activities. I have a WhatsApp group where I get around 300-400 pictures daily. Now we have come up with next concept of not only biometric attendance but we have come with the smart watches. All the 8700 people working with the NMMC will be given the watch especially to those who are working on the field. All the sweepers, gardeners and other  employees will be monitored because it will be a GPS empowered because they have to work whole time and they will be monitored properly. It’s not only for monitoring the attendance but also to increase the productivity among employees. Already 50 watches have come and we already started implementing it and very soon all the watches will arrive. The overall budget for this watch for five years is Rs. 12 crore, but even if we save 50 absentees per year we will be able to recover that amount, it’s not only for that we want to give quality services to the citizens. We have also implemented the minimum wages act. We are paying decent amount of salary. We are giving Rs 21,000 monthly minimum salary for any employee.

The Navi Mumbai development plan has not been ready for the last 25 years. You are working on it. Comment.

It is ready now and it will be going in February’s month general body meeting for the notification and discussion. We were able to prepare the development plan in just one year period. All the other municipal corporation development plan was developed in period of two to three years.

BASF collaborated with NMMC on a water and sanitation project in Navi Mumbai in August last year. How has this collaboration benefited Navi Mumbaikars?

It was really good in fact we got new technology and drinking water for slums. The initiative is happening very well and the people are getting quality drinking water. And BASF as a company they are able to contribute to the CSR and new technology has to be explored for the development of any city. It is really a fruitful and good collaboration.

The NMMC e-toilets have been vandalized by the miscreants. Do you think posting a security guard outside the facility is enough or is there any other solutions that the civic body can come up with?

We have changed the pattern for maintenance now. This week only we will be receiving orders for the new contract. And as per the new contract it is all inclusive including the maintenance of the property, and also all the materials like exhaust fan and other utilities. It is a comprehensive tender. Earlier we use to pay Rs.250 per toilet per annum only to clean. Now we changed the pattern and now it is inclusive everything including mechanical cleaning and that too will be monitored through GPS mapping. They will be using their own vehicles and going to different toilets at different time. Standing already has passed and proposals and we will be waiting for the tenders. And we have also proposed for beautification outside the toilets. So our toilets facilities are best in comparison with other city. Also with the advertisements rights the company will have to take care and maintain. But even then there are few cases of vandalism because it is India and it happens here but slowly the things are changing for the better.

By when will all the municipal schools of Navi Mumbai be digitalised? And what step is civic body taking to ensure that the school uniforms are provided on time?

It has been already done and we are using also. In fact we have gone ahead and also started video conferencing facility and with common platforms you can address our schools directly through video. We have made all school Wi-Fi enabled and all our smart boards are interactive and we have made all the contents available. And in fact I have started English newspaper for 8th, 9th and 10thStandards and they are given newspapers every day. We have also set-up a computer lab. It is because I am very fond of educational things. We have also started two CBSE board schools in Koperkhairane and Nerul respectively. And till 31st January, 2019 we have received more than 1900 applications for the admissions. We are getting overwhelming demands from the parents and the schools are doing very good. And we are the first civic body to initiate it.

The municipal schools students don’t get the uniforms on time, Comment.

It was because of the policy issues. Last year deputy was there and again we were told to go for purchase. Now this year we have given the work order and now it will be supplied.

Highlights:

  • My work should speak more than my words.
  • NMMC is the first civic body which have made all the municipal schools Wifi enabled, smart boards interactive and with video conferencing facilities.
  • Our entire team is working round the clock for “Swacchta Abhiyan” not just for the ranking but we want to change the culture of the city.
  • We were able to prepare the Development Plan in just one year time.
  • I have created a WhatsApp group where I get 300-400 pictures.
  • We are giving Rs.21, 000 monthly incomes to all the employees of NMMC.
  • All the 8700 people working with the NMMC will be given watches.

Abhitash SinghApril 21, 2018
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Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) despite being the first civic body to implement the plastic ban during the reign of then Navi Mumbai civic body commissioner Tukaram Mundhe. But now it seems that the operation’s has failed due to lack of manpower and still the traders and citizens are using the banned plastic bags without any fear from the civic body. D-Mart, Super- Market and many branded garment stores in Navi Mumbai are giving way the cloth bags costing Rs 15 to the clients. But small traders and road side vendors who can’t afford plastic bags above 50 microns which was not included in the ban categories are still using the thin plastic bags. Even the citizens who go for the marketing without bags happily take it from the vendors.As Mundhe used to implement any act strictly the ban at that time collected the fine to the tune of Rs 40,000 by the traders and those who used the banned plastic bags.

On 23rd March, 2018 the Maharashtra Government came up with the notification to ban the plastic bags all over the state. June 23, 2018 was the deadline set for the implementation of plastic bags ban in all the civic bodies that is Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) and Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC). NMMC under the leadership of Commissioner Dr. Ramaswamy N. constituted eight committees at the ward level and they have instructed to create the awareness about the act, which includes the provision for penalty.

Speaking to the Newsband Dr.Ramaswamy N. said, “We first planned to create awareness among the citizens of Navi Mumbai about the plastic bags ban and also how much fine they will have to levy for the first time. Initially if someone found using the banned plastic bags they were charged Rs 5000 and if they found again then the fine can raise to Rs 25,000. We wanted the citizens to take the development seriously and act accordingly. After June 23, the relief was ceased and we started taking action on the residents as well.”

He further added, “Initially the act started with a bang and the officers deployed to have a check on the traders and people who were not following the ban were caught carrying plastic bags and heavy fines imposed on them burned a whole in their pockets. Infact we created awareness among the people of Navi Mumbai through street plays, lectures regarding ill effects of plastic bags, showing the video regarding the bad effects on the ecological system to the citizens on the projectors and also through educative pamphlets.”

“The citizens should themselves start going with the paper bags for the shopping and they should not encourage the traders and the local vegetable vendors to use the banned plastic bags and in this way they can help us in our endeavours” Informed Dr.Ramaswamy.

Ashok Walunj, a trader from APMC ‘Onion-Potato’ market said, “The implementation of plastic bags was done in a wrong way and the decision was taken instantly and it can be said as a political motivated decision. They should have come up with some alternatives before implementing the ban. I too run a restaurant business and we use to parcel the food items in plastic bags. Many restaurant owners lost their business due to implementation. I can say that the banning of plastic bags failed miserably.”

Komesh Chaurasia, Navi Mumbai representative of Aam Aadmi Party said, “We too understand the ecological significance and the reason we supported the ban on plastics but not the way it is being implemented or was implemented. We too earlier created an awareness camp and made the people of Nerul and Koperhairane understand that it is dangerous to use plastic bags for the ecology system. Also the plastic bags are dangerous for cow and buffalows because the swallow it and they die because of it. The NMMC really started it on a very large scale and they also fined many culprits but now the response is low.”

“The civic body should directly punish the manufactures of the plastic bags instead of just fining the traders, vendors and also the citizens” added Chaurasia.

Anuj Kumar Pandey, residents of Nerul said, “The fine amount for the plastic ban violation was too high. Also most of the grocery items are packed in plastic materials and now we are finding it difficult to dispose the garbage due to ban on dustbin bags. The authority should have come up with some alternatives before implementing the ban. If they would have given the options to the traders, vegetable and fruit vendors, and also road side vendors than the implementation of the plastic bags ban would have been in a smooth way.”

A senior officer from civic body on the condition of anonymity said, “Due to the lack of manpower the plastic ban implementation operation didn’t last for long time and still both the citizens and vendors are using the banned plastic bags.”

All kinds of plastic bags irrespective of their thickness, tea cups glasses, thermocol glasses, thermocol used for decoration, the plastic used in hotels to parcel food like boxes, spoons have been banned. The NMMC collected the overall fines costing more than Rs 14 lakhs from the day the plastic bags ban was implemented in the city.



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