KHARGHAR



Kharghar is a node of Navi Mumbai, conceived and constructed by CIDCO. It lies in the Raigad District and is developed and maintained by CIDCO. Kharghar is located on the Mumbai-Pune highway (NH 4) at a less-than-one hour drive from the heart of Mumbai city. The area started developing in 1995 and now it boasts of number of ready and under-construction projects both in the commercial and residential segments. With so many new projects coming up these days Kharghar too claims to be the third most developed node of Navi Mumbai after Vashi and Nerul.

Location

The site of Kharghar adjoins the Central Business District of Navi Mumbai and is bound by two major highways and the picturesque Kharghar Hills. Taloje industrial estate and the Taloje Creek are located on its east. Kharghar is primarily a residential township, but houses a part of Navi Mumbai's Central Business District.

Characteristics

Kharghar measures about 1700ha. of area, 7 km long and 5 km wide. There are 12 village settlements located in Kharghar node having a combined population of 20,000. Kharghar is divided into 45 sectors. The general levels vary from 1.5 to 15.0 meters within the site. A third of the site is almost flat, but the areas close to the creek are low-lying. The Kharghar hills bring a huge amount of rainwater, which is to be directed into the creek through the node as well as the Central Park area.

Encircled by lush green mountains from all sides, Kharghar in Navi Mumbai is no less than a hill station in the rains . While the area was considered difficult to access a few years ago, its recent increase in well-planned infrastructure is making it a favourite among Mumbaikars.

Kharghar is a nature lover's delight, having loads of open space and greenery everywhere. A gargantuan fountain adorns the area, a stroll in the evening refreshes you, and the waterfall at Pandavkhada is heaven for picnic lovers and is visited by people from all over Mumbai in the rainy season.

Infrastructure

With Rs 40,000 million (US $ 1140 million) worth of basic infrastructure already in place, Navi Mumbai is ready, willing and able to absorb the imminent, large scale shift of population, business, commerce and non pollutant industry from Mumbai and elsewhere. Kharghar has large network of wide roads.

Power Supply continues to be a daily problem for Kharghar residents much like in other parts of Navi Mumbai and Thane. Most residential buildings and business establishments need to have a generator and every house needs to have an invertor for power back up. Power usually goes around 09:30am to 10:30 am and again between 02:30pm to 3:30pm. However there are days when there is uninterrupted power supply for 24 hours. MSEB is trying to improve the situation by purchasing additional power from private players.

There is no water scarcity in Kharghar and water supply is usually for 24 hours. Some sectors in Kharghar may not have telephone land lines since the cables have not yet been laid. People from these sectors have to rely on their cellular phones or fixed line wireless phones for communication.

Kharghar boasts of housing one of the most prestigious educational institution of India viz. National Institute of Fashion Technology. Acronymed as NIFT, it was shifted to Kharghar from Dadar in 2002-03. It offers undergraduate courses in fashion design, fashion communication and apparel manufacturing and information technology as well as postgraduate courses in fashion management and fashion design space. NIFT is otherwise headquartered at New Delhi. Currently Mr. I B Peerzada is the Director of the institute.

Kharghar boasts of number of ready and under-construction projects both in the commercial and residential segments. Hiranandani Complex (Crystal Plaza), Kendriya Vihar are some of the oldest residential complexes of Kharghar. While the Indian Armed Forces have 2 Residential Enclaves - JalVayu Vihar and Raghunath Vihar. Kharghar also houses the important Tata Memorial Hospital's Cancer Research Institute.

There are a number of premium residential projects sprung up in Kharghar. Projects like Regency Hills, Kesar Harmony and upcoming Hexblox and Kesar Exotica are some of the best in navi Mumbai and are as costly as suburban Mumbai projects. There is unconfirmed news that a reputed business group is planning to build several Hollywood style luxury villas on Kharghar Hills for the rich & famous.

Hikers enjoy the hills around Kharghar during the monsoon season when waterfalls and rivulets burst forth.

CIDCO also has plans to build an 18 hole golf course in Sector 21 in Kharghar along with Shopping malls which should make the city one of the better locations in Navi Mumbai. The much awaited Central Park in Sector 23 is being planned on the concept of London's Central Park and will span around 80 hectares and cover three sectors. The park is intended to provide an excellent place for active and passive recreation. It also attempts to put Navi Mumbai on International Map. It is expected to be completed around mid 2010. The Central Park when completed will boast of Jogger’s Tracks, Food Courts, Fountains, Botanical Gardens, Amphitheatre, Theme Parks and a Conservatory.

ISCKON has commenced construction of their temple at the start of the Central Park. It is believed this will be the biggest ISCKON temple in India. Sector 12 also has a huge park called "Krantiveer Phadke Garden" catering to residents in Sector 12, 20 and 21.

Currently Kharghar has got two multiplex movie theater first one is located at Tiara Mall & the second one in Little World Mall has Adlabs Multiplex. There are retail brands like Food bazaar and Furniture Bazaar are available. Some of the upcoming malls are GloMax near Kharghar railway station, Prime Mall in Sector 12 and Shah Mall in Sector 20. Shah Mall and Prime Mall will also have multiplexes. There are adequate utility shops, departmental stores and super markets in every sector. More, Apna Bazar, Spencer's, Value Mart, Spinach and Fairprice are some of the super markets functioning in Kharghar. In addition there are a few open markets in Sector 12. Meat shops are rare with only one in Sector 12. Spinach offers frozen meat products.

Siemens India Ltd has an office in Kharghar and the 10-storey building is a landmark near Kharghar railway station. Marathon Realty Group have recently announced the development of 25 acres (100,000 m2) Mini-SEZ off Panvel very close to the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport. This mini-SEZ "NexZone" is specially for the IT/ITES industry and will have an integrated township of residential and commercial buildings, education institutions and entertainment malls. Nexzone is also close to the Mumbai-Goa road.

Transportation

Kharghar is located on the outskirts of Mumbai. It lies in what is commonly regarded as the Konkan part of Maharashtra and fall in Raigad District. It lies on the Harbour Railway, a part of Mumbai suburban railway system. It takes about 65 minutes to reach Kharghar by suburban train from Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus. A drive by road from CST (39 km) takes about 90 minutes. The six lane Mumbai-Pune Expressway starts at Kharghar. A new broad gauge line has connected Kharghar to Karjat via Panvel.

Local trains of the Harbour Line in the Central Railway between Kharghar and Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus stations and the Western line is connected through the Wadala station, The place is easily approachable from Pune, the other major city of the state. Within the suburb, Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport facilities are avaibale and buses ply frequently between stations, nodes and within sectors.

Private cars and two wheelers continue to serve as the prime means of transport. Private Taxi owners like Meru Networks offer taxi services from Kharghar to other parts of Navi Mumbai and Mumbai. Local public transportation within the node is difficult as the autorickshaws controlled by the native villagers of the area charge exhorbitant fares and do not follow the Road Traffic Office Mandatory Metering System. NMMT Bus services though improved over the years do not have sufficient frequency to cater to the growing population. Also NMMT Buses do ply directly to Kharghar Railway Station. Because of wide roads, sparse population and virtually non existent traffic police, several vehicles ply on the wrong side of the road and blatantly break traffic rules. However the Auto Service is Worst in this part of the satellite city. Most of the Auto Walas are villagers and they do not allow any outsider to ply auto. They are least interested in convenince of the residents There are not auto sharing and the minium rate is rs. 13/- which is very high.

Bus services with numbers:
NMMT Services
  • Route 26: Kharghar Jalvayu Vihar to Thane (Fast route) via Nerul
  • Route 29: Kharghar Jalvayu Vihar to Thane (Slow route) via Belapur gaon
  • Route 44: Kharghar Gharkul to Dombivli
  • Route 52: CBD Railway Station to Taloja (Via Yerala Medical/Kendriya Vihar/Raghunath Vihar/Sector 20 Reliance Fresh/Pandavkada/ CISF)
  • Route 53: Kharghar Gharkul to Kharghar Railway Station
  • Route 54: Kharghar (CISF Owegaon) to Kharghar Railway Station (Via Tata Hospital/Pandavkada/Apeejay/Jalvayu/Raghunath vihar/Kendriya Vihar)
  • Route 55: Kharghar Jalvayu Vihar to Ghansoli (via Vashi Depot)
Services
  • Route 504 Ltd: Jalvayu Vihar to Vadala Depot.
  • Route 503 Ltd: Kalamboli to Sion [This bus passes thru Mumbai-Pune Highway only]
Navi Mumbai International Airport

The proposed new international airport is expected to be functional by 2014 in the Kopra area between Khandeshwar and Kamothe. This was passed by CIDCO on August 01 2009.

Kamothe (Manasarover) railway station is the next station after Kharghar on the Harbour Railway. By road, the upcoming airport is approximately 6 km from Kharghar.

There is a plan to build a sea link between Nhava Sheva and Sewri in Mumbai thus making the new airport accessible to not only Navi Mumbai residents but also the residents of South Mumbai and Pune.

References
  • Cidco plans for Kharghar
  • Property in Kharghar
  • Kharghar's own online directory service - KhargharDirectory.com
External links
  • Navi Mumbai Community Website
  • Harbour Line Train Timetable
  • KhargharDirectory.com - Kharghar Business directory
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