Thursday, 12 April 2007
Navi Mumbai is a satellite twin of the city of Mumbai.
It was established in 1972, as a new planned city across the harbor of Mumbai .It is the largest planned new city in the world, with an area of 344 km². Navi Mumbai lies on the mainland on the eastern seaboard of the Thane Creek. The city limits stretch from Airoli near Thane in the north, to Uran in the south. The length of the city is almost the same as Mumbai. The Vashi and Airoli Bridges connect Navi Mumbai to Mumbai. There is now a new Railway link from Vashi to Thane via Airoli, Ghansoli, and Kopar Khairane, also between Panvel and Karjat.
Most of software companies in Maharashtra have their offices in Navi Mumbai. The government of Maharashtra has also setup software parks to cater to the growing demand. Many large institutions also have their offices here. The Reliance group of industries has a major presence (DAKC) in Kopar Khairane and Mahape. Other prominent companies include Digit Computer Magazine. As a part of long term planning, major commodity markets have begun moving from the heart of Mumbai city to Navi Mumbai. Kalamboli 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 of JNPT (stands for Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust) in Nhava Sheva - Dronagiri node.
The International Infotech Park at Vashi station complex houses many international IT companies
The New Millennium City near Mahape forms a major part of the Knowledge Corridor that spans Mumbai and Pune. The head office of Reliance Infocom - Dhirubhai Ambani Knowledge City is situated opposite to Koparkhairane station. The IT companies in Navi Mumbai include Wipro Ltd, CMC, Tata Consultancy Services, Aptech, Track Mail, ICICI Infotech and PCS which have their office on Thane Belapur Road.
To meet the growing demand of air travel CIDCO is soon going to develop a new airport at Navi Mumbai. Navi Mumbai International Airport will support the rapidly growing air travel needs of Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
The airport would be one of world's few '' green field '' international state-of-art airport offering world class facilities to passengers cargo, aircrafts and airlines.
The location of the proposed airport at Navi Mumbai has been considered on several parameters. Prominent among these is the fact that Navi Mumbai is expected to absorb the future growth in population, business and commercial activity of the region. The availability of physical and commercial activity of the region, The availability of physical and social infrastructure coupled with environmental friendly size with least resettlement and rehabilitation makes the Navi Mumbai airport project technically and financially viable.
The site of airport is located in an area of 950 hectares accommodating two parallel runways for simultaneous and segregated parallel operation with provision of full length taxi ways on either side of the runways. The airfield has been designed to accommodate the new large aircrafts compatible to aerodrome code 4-E.
At present CIDCO's proposal for second International Airport, Navi Mumbai is awaiting clearance from Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India.
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