New Panvel



New Panvel is a residential, commercial and educational node in the city of Panvel, Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra state and comes under the Konkan division. New Panvel is divided into two parts: New Panvel (E), on the eastern side of Panvel railway station and Khanda Colony or New Panvel (W) on the western side of it. Both parts of New Panvel are connected by a flyover bridge also known as Khanda Colony Flyover. New Panvel (W) is also popularly called Khanda Colony by the local villagers, as the city is adjacent to two small villages Dhakta Khanda and Motha Khanda (Greater Khanda).

Almost the whole of New Panvel (W) has been planned and developed. New Panvel (E) is under constant, rapid and organised development. New Panvel (E) also boasts of some good country side view with the Prabalgad Fort and Prabalmachi Mountain located to the east. New Panvel also has a river locally known as river 'Kalundre' situated on the banks of Panvel Creek. Kauva Galliis a road near Khandeshwar temple known for its enormous crow population, large amount of crows & cranes use this place for breeding as it is near the water source of Khandeshwar Lake.

New Panvel is just adjacent to the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport. It is expected to affect real estate prices in the surrounding area of New Panvel which are under development. Sector 17 of New Panvel West bound by JNPT bypass and NH-4 alongside Motha Khanda is located near the railway station. A few residential buildings in New Panvel West come under the "A Type" CIDCO settlements, offer budget housing for lower income groups.

Reliance SEZ is also coming up in the vicinity. It has a number of schools, colleges and hospitals to meet the needs of its residents.

Markets & Malls

Major commercial activities are present in sectors 15 to 19 just outside the railway station on the eastern side. K Mall is a shopping center in New Panvel's, Takka Naka node while Orion Mall along the Mumbai-Pune highway beside the Panvel Bus depot is emerging as the most popular shopping destination in town.

CIDCO

The development and maintenance authority of New Panvel is City and Industrial Development Corporation. New Khanda and Takka Naka are a new node of New Panvel being developed by CIDCO.

Mega City Project

Mumbai’s satellite mega city, Navi Mumbai, which has gained prominence with the recent Cabinet approval for a green-field world-class airport, is witnessing hectic construction activity with India’s biggest developers launching their showpiece projects in and around the city.

The State Government approved Panvel Mega City Project would be implemented by the MMRDA. The city will have three parts viz. Energy City, Information Technology and Telecom City, and Entertainment City. The project is expected to create employment for 7.5 lakh people.

Tourism

A number of tourism spots are located near Panvel, Khandeshwar park around the Khandeshwar Mahadev mandir and the Khandeshwar lake.

The Karnala fort and Karnala Bird Sanctuary. Karnala located around 65 km away from Mumbai, 120 km away from Pune and 13 km away from Panvel.

The sanctuary is 25m above sea level while the fort itself is 370m above sea level. The Bet El Synagogue.

The only one in Panvel which is one of the most well known religious place around where both Jews and Non-Jews can visit.

Two of the eight Ashtavinayak temples of Lord Ganesha are located near Panvel, Ballaleshwar at (Pali) and Varadvinayak at Mahad near Khopoli.

Transport

Panvel is an important junction point as many major highways meet and pass through the city. The Mumbai-Pune Expressway, Sion-Panvel Expressway, NH 4B and NH 17 start from here while NH 4 passes through Panvel. The proposed SH 54 from Panvel to Bhimashankar will boost connectivity till Chakan. Roads inside New Panvel are maintained by CIDCO while those in old Panvel by PMC. New Panvel, being developed by CIDCO, has well planned and wide lane major roads and even the arterial roads are of two lanes. Old Panvel has relatively less maintained roads which are very congested due to lack of planning on part of the PMC.

Railway

Panvel railway station is one of the most important junctions on the Konkan Railway. Harbour line from Mumbai CST, central line from Diva/Karjat, western freight corridor from JNPT and the Konkan railway line from Mangalore meet at Panvel. The Panvel railway station comes under the Mumbai division of central railway.

Panvel is a terminating station of Mumbai railway's harbour line. Platforms 1, 2, 3 & 4 are for suburban trains while platforms 5, 6 & 7 are for main line trains. Panvel is the busiest railway station in Navi Mumbai. 9 pairs of daily express trains, 13 pairs of non-daily express trains and 12 daily passenger trains stop here. Konkan railway connecting Mumbai to south India passes through Panvel. Also, the Ernakulam-Nizamuddin Duronto has a technical halt at Panvel for crew change, refuelling and catering. In addition, Panvel handles 116 suburban trains that are connected to Mumbai CST, Wadala Road, Andheri and Thane.

There are two railway stations in the node. First one is located in Sector 17 of New Panvel (E) and second is located in Sector 17 of New Panvel (W) named Khandeshwar.

Bus

There are two main bus stands in Panvel - ST stand on the National Highway and NMMT stand near Railway Station. The ST buses are available from Panvel to Thane, Kalyan, Dombivali, Badlapur, Dadar, Uran as well as beyond city. NMMT buses are available from Panvel to Dadar, Thane, Vashi and inner sectors of New Panvel.

Proposed Airport

The new Navi Mumbai International Airport, which is to come up around the Panvel-Kopra area, would be built through public-private partnership (PPP) - with private sector partner getting 74% equity while Airport Authority of India (AAI) and Maharashtra government through CIDCO holding 13% each. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has already given techno-feasibility clearance to the Navi Mumbai airport and central cabinet has cleared it.

The airport site is located in an area of 1160 hectares accommodating two parallel runways for simultaneous & independent operations with provision of full length taxi ways on either side of the runways. The airfield has been designed to accommodate the new large aircraft compatible with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Aerodrome Code 4F.

NMIA will support the rapidly growing air travel needs of Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The airport will cater to 35 million passengers by 2020, 55 million by 2025, and 90 million by 2030, according to CIDCO.

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