3rd JULY 2015 NAVI MUMBAI ONE OF THE LARGEST DEVELOPING CITY OF THE WORLD

Navi Mumbai

Navi Mumbai

Navi Mumbai
नवी मुंबई
City of the 21st Century
—  city  —

View of the Palm Beach Road and surrounding area of Neruland Belapur from Parsik Hill

Navi Mumbai
नवी मुंबई

Location of Navi Mumbai
नवी मुंबई
in Mumbai and India

Coordinates 19°02N 73°01E / 19.03°N73.01°ECoordinates: 19°02N73°01E / 19.03°N 73.01°E
Country India
State Maharashtra
District(s) Thane district, Raigad District
Municipalcommissioner Vijay Nahata
Mayor Sagar Naik
Population
Density
2,600,000 est. (2008)
4,332 /km2 (11,220 /sq mi)
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)
Area
Elevation
343.7 km2 (133 sq mi)
10 metres (33 ft)
Website www.nmmconline.com

Seal of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation

Navi Mumbai (Marathi: नवी मुंबई, IAST: Navi Muṃbaī) is a Planned Satellite City on the west coast of the Indianstate of Maharashtra. It was developed in 1972 as a twin city of Mumbai, and is the largest planned city on theplanet, with 163 square kilometres (63 sq mi) under the jurisdiction of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation(NMMC) and a total area of 344 square kilometres (133 sq mi).[1] Navi Mumbai lies on the mainland on the easternshore of Thane Creek. The city limits stretch from Airoli near Thane in the north, to Uran in the south. The length ofthe city is almost the same as that of Mumbai. The Vashi and the Airoli Bridges connect Navi Mumbai to Mumbai. Anew link between Nerul and Uran is under construction. The costliest real estate and most highly developed areasof Navi Mumbai are Vashi and Nerul, while Kharghar and Panvel are experiencing major infrastructuraldevelopments due to their proximity to the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport. Vashi is known as the kingof Navi Mumbai while Nerul is called the queen of Navi Mumbai. Navi Mumbai has a population of 2,600,000 ofwhich approximately 800,000 live in Nerul and about 700,000 in Vashi, with the remainder residing in Belapur,Kharghar, Sanpada, Airoli, Ghansoli, Kopar Khairane and surrounding areas.

Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, the public body that manages the citys affairs, is rated amongst the richestcorporations in Asia.

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History

Navi Mumbai is the worlds largest planned city.[2][3] It was initially planned with a specific purpose: to decongestMumbai and become an alternative haven for the multitudes that throng to Mumbai from all over India.

Planned city

Navi Mumbai Skyline

The first postindependence development plan for Mumbai, formulated by the MayerModak Committee in 1948,suggested the development of satellite towns. In March 1958, the Study Group on Greater Mumbai was set upunder the chairmanship of Mr. S.G. Barve. In February 1959, the committee suggested the formation of a townshipon the mainland across Thane Creek to relieve congestion in Mumbai. The study group recommended that arailroad bridge be built across Thane Creek to connect peninsular Mumbai with the mainland. The bridgeaccelerated development across the Creek, relieved pressure on the citys railways and roadways, and attractedindustrial and residential concentrations eastward to the mainland.

South Navi Mumbai is being developed rapidly with its class infrastructure and modern nodes of Kharghar,Kamothe, New Panvel and Kalamboli.

The Barve Groups recommendations were accepted by the Government of Maharashtra in July 1964. In March1965, a new committee chaired by Prof. D.R. Gadgil, then Director of the Gokhale Institute of Politics andEconomics, was asked to form broad principles of regional planning. The Gadgil Committee strongly recommendeda new town be constructed across the harbour.[4]

In March 1966, the Gadgil Committee recommended regional planning legislation and regional planning boards. InJanuary 1967, the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act 1966 was passed. July 1967 saw the constitutionof Mumbai Metropolitan and Regional Planning Board under the chairmanship of ICS officer L.G. Rajwade. Thecommittee published the Draft Plan with recommendations to set up a new metro centre of Navi Mumbai across thecreek. This proposal was accepted by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation as a new twin city designed withinthe Mumbai Metropolitan region to facilitate the decongestion of Mumbai.

CIDCO development

Palm Beach Marg between Vashiand Belapur, Navi Mumbai. Amajor portion of the road passesthrough Nerul.

Utsav Chowk at Kharghar

Shivaji Chowk

The City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) was formed on 17 March 1971, under the IndianCompanies Act, 1956.[citation needed] It was given the mandate of converting about 344 square kilometres(133 sq mi) of marshy land lying between the village of Dighe in Thane district and the village of Kalundre of Raigaddistrict into a new city. The area covered 150 kilometres (93 mi) of the total 720 kilometres (450 mi) of the Konkancoast. The villagers of the area lived a calm life much different from the life in the neighbouring city of Mumbai.Privately owned land conisisting of 86 villages covering 15,954 hectares (39,420 acres) within the present limits ofNavi Mumbai and further villages measuring an additional 2,870 hectares (7,100 acres) were acquired by thegovernment of Maharashtra.

CIDCO carved out 14 nodessmall townshipswith a view towards facilitating comprehensive development.These nodes are named Airoli, Ghansoli, Kopar Khairane, Vashi, Sanpada, Nerul, CBD Belapur, Kharghar,Kamothe, New Panvel, Kalamboli, Ulwe, Pushpak, and Dronagiri. CIDCO acquired 193.94 square kilometres(74.88 sq mi) of land, of which 141.05 square kilometres (54.46 sq mi) was private land, 22.92 square kilometres(8.85 sq mi) saltpan land and 52.89 square kilometres (20.42 sq mi) government land. By 2000 CIDCO haddeveloped about 117.60 square kilometres (45.41 sq mi) of land. Of this land, 54.45 square kilometres(21.02 sq mi) is saleable under various land uses. CIDCO has sold about 21.90 square kilometres (8.46 sq mi)leaving a balance land for sale about 32.58 square kilometres (12.58 sq mi) under various land uses.

CIDCO planned and constructed all the railway stations in Navi Mumbai and developed nearby areas commercially.

Vashi Bridge across Thane creek.

In 1973 the Thane Creek Road Bridge, Vashi Bridge, was opened to the public for residents of Vashi, Belapur andNerul.[citation needed] The Sion Panvel Expressway was built to reduce the time taken to travel from Sion to Panvel.Initially there was not much response to the new city. Major changes took place only after 1990, with thecommissioning of a wholesale agricultural produce market at Vashi and the construction of a commuter railway linefrom Mankhurd to Vashi in May 1992. These developments caused a sudden growth in economic activities andpopulation in Navi Mumbai.[citation needed]

Recent developments

By the end of the 1990s, the planning authority of Navi Mumbai initiated private participation in the developmentalactivity of Navi Mumbai.

Some of the older and more populated nodes are Vashi, Nerul and Belapur. Some of the more recently developednodes include Kharghar, Kamothe, Koperkhairane and New Panvel.

The 2.4 kilometres (1.5 mi) long Airoli Bridge was built over the Thane Creek between Airoli and Mulund, aneastern suburb of Mumbai.

Administration

CIDCO

When Navi Mumbai was created in 1970s, CIDCO was the only authority that looked after the development andmaintenance of the city. CIDCO prepared a developmental plan for Navi Mumbai covering 95 villages from Thaneand Raigad district. For the first ten years of the project CIDCO acted as the planning and administrative body, aswell as the developer and builder for the project. Taxes on property, land, commercial, and water were payable toCIDCO. The 14 nodes which CIDCO created were named Airoli, Ghansoli, Kopar Khairane, Vashi, Sanpada, Nerul,CBD Belapur, Kharghar, Kamothe, New Panvel, Kalamboli, Ulwe, Pushpak and Dronagiri. Each of the nodes isdivided into smaller groups called sectors, which are numbered.

Initially only Vashi, Nerul, CBD Belapur, and Airoli were developed by CIDCO with housing, schools, and communitycentre roads. But after the arrival of the Harbour Line extension in 1990s, there was an increase in population.CIDCO shifted its development plan to nodes like Kharghar, Kamothe, New Panvel and Kopar Khairane. In its newdevelopment plan, CIDCO land was allocated to builders for housing. CIDCO only provided basic infrastructure likeroads, water, and electricity; these nodes were developed mostly by private builders according to the CIDCO plan.

NMMC

In 17 December 1991 Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) was constituted by the State Government formaintaining some of the developed nodes of Navi Mumbai.

Local selfgovernment started on 1 January 1992. NMMC was handed nine of the 25 nodes of the Navi Mumbaiproject area for its jurisdiction. However, CIDCO, as a Planning Authority, has rights on the open plots in these fivenodes.[5]

The nine nodes maintained by NMMC are Belapur, Nerul, Vashi, Turbhe, Koparkhairane, Ghansoli, Airoli, Digha,and Sanpada as of 1 January 1998, with the physical and social infrastructure already in place.[6]

The municipal corporation is headed by a municipal commissioner and an elected mayor. There are 64 electoralwards in Navi Mumbai. A corporator is elected in each of the wards. All the nodes under the municipal corporationcome under Thane District.

The newly developed nodes of Navi Mumbai on the south side like Kharghar, Kamothe, New Panvel, and Kalamboliare still maintained by CIDCO. These nodes, which are all beyond Belapur, come under the Raigad District and areunder the jurisdiction of the Panvel Municipal Council.

Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport Undertaking or NMMT Undertaking is the local transport service operated by theNavi Mumbai Municipal Corporation in the city of Navi Mumbai and adjoining areas of Dombivli, Badlapur, Uran,Panvel, Thane, Kalyan and Mulund.

Nodes

  1. Digha
  2. Airoli
  3. Ghansoli
  4. Kopar Khairane
  5. Turbhe
  6. Sanpada
  7. Vashi
  8. Nerul
  9. CBD Belapur
  10. Taloja
  11. Kamothe
  12. Kharghar
  13. Kalamboli
  14. New Panvel
  15. Pushpak
  16. Ulwe
  17. Dronagiri (Uran)

Seawoods

Politics

The city has one Member of Parliament seat, two Member of legislature seats, and 89 Corporation seats. The NaviMumbai Municipal Corporation is ruled by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). The NCP holds 55 seats in theNMMC and holds all of the MP and MLA seats. The Shiv SenaBJP holds the second largest position in thecorporation with a combined total of 17 seats. The Indian National Congress party has 13 seats in the corporation.Other parties like the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Republican Party ofIndia (Athvale), Janata Dal (Secular), and other parties contest elections but presently hold no seats.

Organisations like Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Bajrang Dal are also present here but are not active inpolitics.

Some of the major politicians from Navi Mumbai are Excise Minister Ganesh Naik, MP Sanjeev Naik, MLA SandeepNaik, BJP Leader Suresh Haware, Shiv Sena Chief Vijay Chougule and first lady mayor shiv sena womens chiefsushma dande.

Physical characteristics

A view of Belapur Creek

Navi Mumbai spreads over parts of two districts of Maharashtra: Thane and Raigad. The region is hilly in someparts, and certain areas of the region are protected wetlands. Unlike its bigger neighbour, the city is sparselypopulated.

Its coordinates are between Latitude 19.5and 19.15’, Longitude 72.55and 73.5’.

Geography and geology

To the east, there are small hills running in a northsouth direction. The land is situated in the Konkan Region. Thenarrow belt of land starts at Dighe in the north and ends at Kalundre in the south. It is 25.6 square kilometres(9.9 sq mi) in area, 20 kilometres (12 mi) long and about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) wide.

To part of Western Konkan coast is a narrow coastal strip along the western part of Sahyadris. It is bound on theEast side by hillocks of 50 to 200 m height and on the west side by Thane creek.

The rock formations in the region are derived mainly from Deccan Basalt and from granites, gneiss and laterite.The gently sloping coastal low lands are observed in patches and are covered with moderately shallow to deepsoils, mostly lateritic in nature, sometimes oxidised to yellow marrum.

The soils of the region are high in saline in the vicinity of creeks with lower saline at other places. They arecalcareous, neutral to alkaline in reaction (pH 7.5 to 8.5), often contain clay, with a high amount of bases and highwater holding capacity (200250 mm/m). The soils located on moderately sloping residual hills are lateritic in natureand show intensively leached surfaces. They are loamy and slight to moderately acidic (pH 56.5) with moderatebase status (< 75%).

Land use

The land was used to produce rice during the rainy season. Some mango and coconut orchards and limitedvegetable cultivation was also practised by locals. Those with good irrigation facilities would choose to cultivatelegumes like Tur and beans. With urbanisation, almost all agricultural activities in Navi Mumbai have ceased toexist, except in the easternmost part.

Fish, crabs, and prawns were common products from the creek, though the quantities of each were not significant.Surplus from domestic consumption was sold in Thane and Belapur markets. With the advent of industries in theregion, and with consequent deterioration of water quality, these markets were lost.

Climate

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has a station in Thane on the Belapur Industry Association (TBIA)premises which collects meteorological data daily.[7] Under the Koppen climate classification, the city has a tropicalmonsoon climate that borders on a tropical wet and dry climate. Overall climate is equable with high rainfall daysand very few days of extreme temperatures.

Rain on the Palm Beach Junction,Nerul. Though slightly wetter thanits near namesake, Navi Mumbaishares rainfall patterns withMumbai

Navi Mumbai temperature varies from 22°C to 36°C. In winter temperature is between 12°C to 20°C while summertemperature ranges from 36°C to 41°C. Out of total rainfall, 80% rainfall is experienced during June to October.Average annual rainfall is 20002500 mm and humidity is 6186 %, making it a humidperhumid zone. The driestdays are in winter while the wettest days are experienced in July.

According to the IMD, the predominant wind direction is southwest in monsoon and northeast during rest of theyear.[7]

Demographics

As of the 2001 India census,[10] Navi Mumbai had a population of 703,947. Males constitute 56% of the populationand females 44%. Navi Mumbai has an average literacy rate of 74%, higher than the national average of 59.5%:male literacy is 79%, and female literacy is 67%. In Navi Mumbai, 14% of the population is under 6 years of age,with 28% in the age group of up to 15 years, 55% in the age group of 1544 year bracket and 13% aged 4559.Average family size is 4.05 persons, compared to Mumbais average of 4.85.

67% of families living in Navi Mumbai own their homes and of the working population, 63.5% are employed withinthe city.[11]

A 2000 survey done by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences revealed that 43% of the families currently settled inNavi Mumbai migrated from Mumbai. This percentage has gone up since then. The survey found that the literacyrate in the city was 96%, that 32% of the total population was working, 67% own their houses and 46% ownvehicles. As of 2008 the estimated population is 2,600,000, and Nerul and Vashi are the most populated nodes ofthe city.[12]

Nerul is the most populated area of Navi Mumbai, with an estimated population of 800,000, followed by Vashi,which has an estimated population of 700,000. Kharghar Node in Navi Mumbai has witnessed the highestpopulation growth in 2010 census compared to 2001 census, which is little more than 1000% The average monthlyfamily income in Navi Mumbai is INR9549/month, compared to INR5000/month in Mumbai. Vashi has the highestmonthly income at INR12,349/month, followed by Nerul, at INR11,998/month.[13]

Religion

A view of Nerul Balaji TempleRajagopuram, Nerul

Navi Mumbai is a cosmopolitan city and people of different religions live together amicably. The majority of thepopulation is Hindu (86%), followed by Muslims (10%) having praying Mosque in every node, and there areChristian and Sikh populations. The best example of this is in Brahmagiri, where CIDCO had in a planned wayallotted plots to religious activities atop a hill near the west side of the Nerul Railway Station. This area houses aBalaji Temple, a Swaminarayan Temple Complex, a Mata Amirtandamayi Temple Complex, a NarayanaguruTemple Complex, the Little Flower Church and the Epworth Methodist Tamil Church. All these religious institutionsare well patronised by people not only from Navi Mumbai but also from Mumbai.

Inside the South Indian Education Society complex at Nerul, close to MumbaiPune Expressway, there is aAnjaneyar (Lord Hanuman) Temple, a Kamakshi Amman Temple and an Adhisankarar Mandap Temple. TheAnjaneyar idol is 10 metres in height and is installed on a pedestal that is 3.6 metres high. It is made of a singlegranite stone.

In line with the fast growing population of the Navi Mumbai, the city has now a vast number of religious place forworship, fellowship, and service. Various temples have been built in Kharghar. Churches of various denominationshas started regular services at various nodes. List of churches in Navi Mumbai has been undertaken in wikipedia.Various cultural events are being organised by the respective associations and religions to commemorate festivalsand events.

Language

Navi Mumbai has an Agri and Koli population. Marathi is extensively spoken in most of Navi Mumbai. Business inthe municipal corporation is also transacted in Marathi. A common language spoken on the city streets isMumbaiya Hindi or Bambaiya Hindia blend of Hindi, Urdu, and Marathi, with some invented colloquial words.English is extensively spoken and is the working language of the citys white collar workforce.

Education

There are 11 Engineering Colleges, two Medical Colleges, three Architectural colleges and a National Institute ofFashion Technology(NIFT). There are 128 primary schools, 80 secondary schools, and 25 colleges in the NMMCarea.[7] Navi Mumbai has become self sufficient in higher education facilitiesonly 4% students go to Mumbai forhigher studies.

Transportation

A NMMT Volvo A/C Bus in VashiBus Station leaving for CBDBelapur

A BEST Bus in Navi Mumbai

Nerul Railway Station, west side

The most common forms of transportation in Navi Mumbai are the red NMMT buses and suburban trains. NMMTbuses are similar to the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport buses except that they are operated byNMMC. Auto rickshaws and Taxis are popular modes of transport. With the MulundAiroli link, currently the fastestroute to central is via NMMT or the BEST buses to Mulund.

Within each node, the auto rickshaw is the preferred mode of transportation. Yellow and Black taxicabs operatingfrom designated taxi stands provide the means to travel further to destinations such as Mumbai and Thane. Taxischarge a fixed rate approved by the Regional Transport Office.

The Mumbai Suburban Railway network covers most of the populated region of the city. The most importantexternal railway stations are Vashi, Belapur and Panvel. Nerul will be an important external railway station when theThaneNerulUran link starts. The stations are planned as a major railway junction. Most trains plying on theKonkan Railway stop at Panvel so that those passengers destined to reach Mumbai may get the local trains. Thesetrains bypass the island city altogether. Future plans include linking the station to Pune via Karjat to cut travel timebetween Mumbai and Pune.

The ThaneVashi corridor on the Harbour Line of the Central Railway was commissioned on 9 November 2004.The trains ply along an 18.5 km route through Vashi, Sanpada, Turbhe, Kopar Khairane, Ghansoli, Rabale andAiroli, to Thane. Work is underway to lay an additional pair of tracks between Thane and Kurlathe 5th and 6thcorridor for a ring railway route: ThaneKurlaVashiThane. The new broad Gauge Harbour Line is functionalbetween Karjat and Panvel.

BEST buses of the 500 series travel between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. For example, BEST route 505 starts fromthe CBD of Navi Mumbai and ends at Bandra in Mumbai, and vice versa. Others routes such as 506, 507, 511, 512take commuters from Nerul in Navi Mumbai to Mumbai and back. NMMT and BEST AC buses are both available topeople of Navi Mumbai.

The 10 km long Palm Beach Marg (Marg translates to Road in Marathi) is a sixlane stateoftheart road thatconnects Vashi to CBDBelapur running parallel to the Thane creek. It is a twin of the Marine Drive.

There is growing demand for a new bridge over the Thane Creek from Kopar Khairane to Kannamwar Nagar inVikroli, Mumbai off the eastern express highway so as to connect the eastern suburbs of Mumbai. This willestablish a much desired third bridge linking Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.

Navi Mumbai boasts the most advanced port in India, Jawaharlal Nehru Port, at Nhava Sheva near Uran. It is wellconnected with road and railways, and handles approximately 65% of Indias container traffic.

Navi Mumbai is located 30 km away from Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport which currently acts as theInternational Airport for the city, but things will change up soon when the Navi Mumbai International Airport will beready for use.

International Airport

The new international airport for Navi Mumbai, destined for the KopraPanvel area, will be built through publicprivate partnership (PPP), with private sector partners having 74% equity and the Airports Authority of India (AAI)and Government of Maharashtra (through City and Industrial Development Corporation or CIDCO) each holding13%.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has already given technofeasibility clearance to the airport.The central government provided cabinet approval for the construction on 31 May 2007.[14] Specialised consultantswere appointed and the global tendering process is underway.[15] The government authorities are still planning theland acquisition.

Infrastructure

Basic infrastructure worth INR4,000 crore (US$811.2 million) is already in place.[16] The city boasts a reliable supply ofelectricity from various sources, and excellent motoring conditions, with numerous flyovers, broad roads, andparking lots. The main problem facing the residents is poor connectivity with Mumbai, with only two road linksbetween the two cities and a single rail line. A hovercraft service from Vashi to Colaba and the CBD to Colaba didnot succeed due to the high cost of tickets and maintenance. Cidco is planning to relaunch its hovercraft servicefrom Vashi, Belapur, Nerul, and Airoli to Gateway of India.

Services

Raghuleela Mall, Vashi

There are adequate utility services, banks, restaurants, malls, multiplexes and other shops in Navi Mumbai. Vashiboasts several shopping malls such as Center One, Palm Beach Galleria, Citi Center, Raghuleela Mall and InorbitMall. Palm Beach Road, Nerul, and Kharghar are also witnessing the construction of malls and multiplexes.Throughout Navi Mumbai supermarkets and malls like Apnaa Bazaar, More, Spencers, Reliance Fresh, Spinachand Fairprice cater to the shopping needs of the residents. DMart has launched five hypermalls in Navi Mumbai.

Leading banks such as the State Bank of India, Union Bank, Saraswat Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of Maharashtra,Bank of Hyderabad, Citibank India, ICICI Bank, and HDFC Bank have their branches and ATMs around NaviMumbai. The Reserve Bank of India has served the people of Navi Mumbai since 2001.

Navi Mumbai has very few threeand fivestar hotels. However, with the completion of the Navi MumbaiInternational Airport by 2012, nodes like Nerul, Panvel, Kharghar, and CBD Belapur are expected to get severalfivestar luxury hotels.

Commerce

Vashi station complex

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust is thebusiest port in India

Belapur Railway Station

Most of the software companies in Maharashtra have their offices in Navi Mumbai. The government of Maharashtrahas set up software parks to cater to the growing demand. Many large institutions have their offices here. Since2005, The Reliance group of industries have had a major presence, and DAKC in Kopar Khairane and Mahape.Other prominent companies include CORE Projects & Technologies Ltd, Hexaware Technologies, Mastek, EnserCommunications, Patni Computer Systems, Intellenet, Hewitt Associates, TCS, Digit magazine, V2Solutions, IRISBusiness Services Private Limited, Indiagames, and Carwale. Most of them are located in an area called theMillenium Business Park in Mahape. As a part of longterm planning, major commodity markets have begun movingfrom the heart of Mumbai city to Navi Mumbai. Kalamboli (a node in Navi Mumbai) is home to a major steel market.

Vashi has the fresh fruits and vegetables market. One of the important business landmarks is the shipping port ofJawaharlal Nehru Port in the Nhava ShevaDronagiri nodes. The major business hubs in the City are CBDBelapur, Vashi, Nerul and Mahape.

The International Infotech Park at Vashi and Belapur railway station complex houses many international ITcompanies. The New Millennium City near Mahape forms a major part of the Knowledge Corridor that spansMumbai and Pune.[17] The head office of Reliance InfocomDhirubhai Ambani Knowledge City is situated oppositethe Koparkhairane station. Other IT companies in Navi Mumbai include L&T Infotech, Wipro Ltd, CMC, TataConsultancy Services, Aptech, Track Mail, ICICI Infotech and PCS, whose offices are on Thane Belapur Road.

The Navi Mumbai Special Economic Zone (SEZ) located in the nodes of Dronagiri and Kalamboli are planned toprovide commercial growth and employment to the city. Positioned enroute the proposed Navi Mumbai Airport, thismega project has attracted investments of close to 40,000 crores.[citation needed]

Marathon Group has launched the development of its mini SEZ called NexZone near the site of the proposedairport. This mini SEZ will be specially for the IT/ITES industry and will be an integrated township of residential andcommercial buildings, entertainment mall and education institutes. Honda SEILs Headquarters is located in NerulMIDC.

Law and order

As the population and prosperity of the city rose through the years, it began to attract more criminal activity. NaviMumbais crime count jumped up from 2,763 in 2003 to 3,571 in 2004. One of the main reasons for the spurt incrime is continuous political meddling in police investigations and the grossly understaffed police force.

There are very few police chowkies throughout Navi Mumbai with virtually non existent beat chowkies and trafficpolice. Criminal activities in Navi Mumbai include chain snatching, pickpocketing, cellphone snatching. Thesecrimes are mainly confined to sparsely populated areas. Navi Mumbai has witnessed several vehicle thefts andburglaries involving unoccupied houses. Murder and armed robbery take place in significant numbers.[18] Riots andcommunity feuds take place, especially in the Ghansoli area. There have been several instances where mobs offrustrated native villagers have beaten innocent law abiding residents. Nerul is especially plagued by robbery.[19]The number of accidents on the Palm Beach Road caused by are growing at an alarming pace due to non existenttraffic police or security cameras. The absence of street lights on the highway between Belapur and Khargharposes a continued danger to motorists.

Shops and housing colonies often hire private security guards, as the police force is often overstretched.[20]Businesses are expected to shut shop by 10pm. The Mumbai underworld has begun to take notice of the city,[21]targeting the increasingly thriving businesses of cable operators, builders and real estate developers for extortion.On the whole, crime in Navi Mumbai is much less than in Mumbai.

Sports

Cricket is the prevalent sport in the city. Navi Mumbai has its own International Cricket Ground in Nerul called theDY Patil Stadium which hosted 3 IPL T20 matches and the IPL T20 Cricket Final. It is said that this stadium is oneof the best in India. Football is the second most popular sport with the city clubs playing during the monsoons,when other outdoor sports cannot be played. The FIFA World Cup is one of the most widely watched televisionevents in Mumbai. Indias national sport, field hockey, has gone into a sharp decline in the recent years, losing outin terms of popularity to cricket, though many Mumbai players play on the national team.

Navi Mumbai has an olympic size swimming pool at Nerul. CIDCO has proposed two 18 hole golf courseacademies at Nerul and Kharghar. There are plans to have sports facilities in the proposed 80 hectare Central parkbeing developed in Kharghar. The park is expected to open in mid 2010.

The Navi Mumbai Olympics is held every year. The 2008 Olympics had 12 sports and more than 3500 participants.It was won by Vashi Vikings while the runners up were the Nerul Ninjas. The other teams which take part in theseOlympics are the KoparKhairane Kings, the Airoli Aces, the Panvel Patriots, the Belapur Blazers, the KalamboliKnockouts and the Kharghar Knights.

Panorama of CBD Belapur

Sister cities

Navi Mumbai has many sister cities:

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