‘Metro in Navi Mumbai by end 2014’

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By Mohiuddin Jeddy www.hindustantimes.com

Navi Mumbai will have metro rail by December 2014 and the much-awaited Navi Mumbai International Airport project will take off in six months, said Tanaji Satre, managing director of the City and Industrial Development Corporation Ltd (CIDCO), the nodal agency for the city’s development, during his address at the Hindustan Times for Navi Mumbai Conclave 2012 held at Vashi on Thursday.

Municipal commissioner Bhaskar Wankhede, one of the panelists, reiterated that round-the-clock water supply, which is already available in 80% of the city, will be extended to all by March 2014. He also promised more hospitals and better connectivity.

The chief guest, state minister and Thane guardian minister Ganesh Naik, was presented with a Navi Mumbai charter enlisting the demands of its residents by HT reader Natraj Krishnan and HT’s Mumbai editor Soumya Bhattacharya.

Naik announced that he would ensure that the city gets world-class infrastructure in the next seven years through his ‘one-time plan’, which has been approved by the Navi Mumbai civic body.

The conclave, held at Fortune Select Exotica hotel, was attended by the who’s who of Navi Mumbai, while the panel included additional commissioner of police Fattehsingh Patil, and Ravi Ahuja, executive director, Cushman & Wakefield, a global real estate firm. The discussion was moderated by HT Mumbai’s deputy editor Pravin Nair. More info

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