Birth of a planned satellite city, Navi Mumbai
In the 1970s, Mumbai, bursting at its seams with its flourishing population, traffic chaos, sprawling slums and major limitations with respect to physical expansion for infrastructural growth, pre-dictated the natural birth of a planned satellite city. The burgeoning of the planned city was expected to be the architectural skill model and state-of-the-art urban planning. Navi Mumbai, formerly known as New Bombay, is the result of that planning, a meticulously built satellite city of Mumbai metropolis, and a planned development with sustainable infrastructure.
The plan to design the city of Navi Mumbai was initiated by the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO). During the initial decade of its development, the maintenance was controlled by CIDCO, post which the new city was handed over to the public. Divided into 14 nodes, Navi Mumbai has thrived since its inception due to robust growth in residential, commercial and industrial real estate.
Navi Mumbai not only has undergone a complete transformation from a drowsy hub to a lively centre of attention but has also evolved into one of the major real estate hotspots in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). This change is mainly because of the infrastructure development connecting many locations in the region. Situated at a distance of 127 km from Pune along the Mumbai-Pune Express Highway and merely 30 minutes’ drive from Mumbai, Navi Mumbai proves to be the most sought-after business and a residential hub.
Bound by easy accessibility through highways makes Navi Mumbai well connected through various transport modes to all parts of the city. Apart from the excellent rail network with world-class stations, broad, well-paved, tree-lined roads with dozens of flyovers and interchanges, the government is also focused on building transport infrastructure projects to improve connectivity and help drastic reduction in travel time. With the upcoming and proposed infrastructure projects like Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL), Navi Mumbai Corporate Park in Kharghar (BKC 2), Navi Mumbai Metro, Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop, Parsik Tunnel, Coastal Road, Virar-Alibaug Multimodal Corridor, and Navi Mumbai Marina project, distance here can be calculated in minutes, not in hours as in other Indian metros.
Apart from these infrastructural developments, CIDCO is also commencing an environmentally efficient smart city project for the south of Navi Mumbai. Interestingly, despite such massive growth, the micro-market still boasts about 45% of the land reserved for green zones.
Beside physical infrastructure, Navi Mumbai also offers a cosmopolitan lifestyle and low population density with robust social infrastructure, including renowned academic institutions like DAV International, Ryan International, NMIMS, ITM, NIFT. Additionally, it offers proximity to world-class healthcare institutions like Fortis, MGM, Tata Memorial, Apollo, banks, hotels, and entertainment centres. Moreover, InfoTech parks, office complexes, and commercial centres are already developed. At the same time, the upcoming CIDCO-commissioned, 345-acre Navi Mumbai Corporate Park in Kharghar is expected to create a floating population of over 1 lakh.
As seen at Nariman Point and BKC, infrastructure is the key to a locality and owing to these megaprojects, now; even Navi Mumbai is becoming a thriving commercial and industrial hub, seamlessly connected with Mumbai. Under a professionally run body like CIDCO, Navi Mumbai is set to see steady and phenomenal appreciation, growth, and development.
With the establishment of malls, cultural centres, jogger’s tracks, swimming pools and sports clubs, Navi Mumbai offers its residents and its visitor’s great recreational and cultural activities. CIDCO’s 18-hole golf course and the colossal Central Park are two of the most famous landmarks of Navi Mumbai. The city also comprises forest reserves and waterfalls, which is great for nature walks. Overall, Navi Mumbai, with safe neighbourhoods, is a green, clean, and soon a smart megapolis.
The author is Ajay Kapoor, CEO, Adhiraj Constructions Pvt Ltd