Island near Mumbai to be Developed as Picnic Spot

Island near Mumbai to be developed as Picnic spot
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An Island near Mumbai and just 5 kilometers from Navi Mumbai’s Ulwe area will be developed into a picnic spot or a tourism destination.
By Varun Singh

Imagine having a tourist destination near the city, and that too on an Island. If all goes well then soon this dream for many may turn into reality.

The City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd (CIDCO) is appointed the new town development Authority of Navi Mumbai under the Maharashtra Regional and Town planning act 1966 and is engaged in the development of Navi Mumbai.

The purpose of CIDCO at the time of its creation was to develop Navi Mumbai as a counter magnet town for Mumbai in Maharashtra.

CIDCO is now functioning as New Town Development Authority and Special Planning Authority for the development of several new towns across Maharashtra by planning and developing entire urban infrastructure, providing municipal services, and executing large-scale infrastructure projects including Navi Mumbai International Airport, Navi Mumbai Metro, International Corporate Park etc.

CIDCO has developed 14 nodes of Navi Mumbai which are divided into north and south parts. The seven nodes that fall in North Part are Airoli, Koparkhairane, Vashi, Sanpada, Nerul, and CBD Belapur on the southern part Kharghar, Kamothe, Kalamboli, Pushpak, Panvel, Ulwe and Dronagiri are the same seven nodes.

Nhava Island is located approximately 5 km from Ulwe node towards the creekside. CIDCO is in possession of approximately 60 ha of land pocket at Nhava Island. This is a peninsular area with Karanjade and Thane creek spanning on three sides facing the historic Elephanta islands.

The Nhava Island location is situated very close to the Mumbai Transharbour Link (MTHL) connecting Sewri and Nhava and is well-connected to Ulwe node/township.

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The land parcel situated on Nhava Island is along the coastal stretch, the Coastal Zone Regulation permission is applicable. As per the Coastal Zone Management Plan applicable to the area, about 30 ha of land, falls in CRZ II.

A notice inviting expression of interest (EOI) for the development of Nhava Island located at Navi Mumbai was issued by CIDCO on Sunday.

As per the Navi Mumbai Development Plan, this area falls in the Regional Park Zone. The notice stated, “CIDCO is of the view that this entire land parcel on Nhava Island can be used for tourism development or is an excellent location for cultural and social activities like a picnic spot.”

The notice further read, “In order to create interest in this project amongst the prospective investors and buyers and seek inputs from them this EOI document is being released. The document expects to provide interested parties with the relevant information regarding the project and to invite feedback from interested private sector applicants. The applicants are advised to study this EOI document carefully before submitting their feedback and suggestions in response to the EOI notice.”

The feedback and suggestions received as part of the response from the industry participants to this EOI document may or may not be used towards formalising the RFP for the project which is proposed to be released in the near future. No prequalification of applicants is proposed to be done as part of this EOI. The right to accept/reject any or all the responses received is reserved with authority without assigning any reason their off.

The notice further stated, “Any person form interested to develop must submit the EOI as per formats given in the EOI documents In a sealed envelope. Applications should be sent to CIDCO on or before 5 pm of July 29, 2021.”

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