Kharghar, a smart face of the 21st century
Kharghar has seen significant structural and social changes leading to popularity amongst realtors and dwellers alike. What is behind its growth as a smart city?Updated: Oct 11, 2019 00:39 IST
Take off from the heart of Mumbai city on Sion-Panvel Highway, drive for an hour during peak hours and Kharghar welcomes you – the most developed amongst the nodes of Navi Mumbai. The seeds of its development were sown right in the mid-1990s and now this city has undergone a phenomenal transformation with some major government-led infrastructural development and rapidly burgeoning real estate development, unlocking kharghar’s huge potential.
Kharghar’s advantage: Strategic location
Kharghar is quickly emerging as a smart city primarily because of its strategic location. Flanked by two major highways and the Central Business District of Belapur, Kharghar is merely at an hour’s driving distance from Mumbai even during peak hours. This makes it highly accessible to business professionals from various parts of Mumbai. The advantage is further amplified with the announcement of Navi Mumbai International Airport and the metro, creating a potent ecosystem.
Kharghar: A bustling business hub
Kharghar is located in close proximity to Mumbai and Pune. The land is available at attractive prices and the rentals are comparatively economical, hence many eminent real estate developers – commercial and residential alike – have made investments in Kharghar. CIDCO (The City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd), the government body that has developed Navi Mumbai, also plans to develop a corporate business park of 140 hectares at Kharghar, in the lines of Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Mumbai’s prime business district.
Major Infrastructural developments by the government
The proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport and the Hyperloop between Mumbai and Pune are the two mega infrastructural developments that will remarkably transform the landscape of Navi Mumbai. Kharghar is set to benefit the most from these as the Hyperloop, starting from Pune via Mumbai-Pune Expressway, will lead to BKC in just about 25 minutes through the Navi Mumbai International Airport. Kharghar is located just 15 kms away from the upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport, which amounts to a maximum driving time of 30 minutes. This enhances the allure of Kharghar as it is going to be very well connected to all the major transportation hubs of Navi Mumbai.
Navi Mumbai: A smart and clean place to live
Tired of the incessant pollution, bad roads and traffic snags in Mumbai? Then in Navi Mumbai, you would find a magical respite from these problems. A meticulously planned city, Navi Mumbai has bagged the first place in Swachh Survekshan (Swachh Bharat Mission) of 2018 for being the best city in India in solid waste management. The public transport system is also advancing to keep up with the status of this smart city. Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT) buses are tracked in real time by Integrated Intelligent Transport Management System (IITMS) set up in 2017 at the cost of Rs. 7.5 crores. The commuters can also track any of the 470 buses operating on any of the 77 routes in real time through NMMT App.
With great surroundings and good social infrastructure, Kharghar has been the frontrunner for many clean and healthy initiatives like the public bicycle sharing system where one can rent e-bikes and bicycles from various points within Kharghar for a shorter commute.
Fastest 4G connectivity
Data Analytics firm OpenSignal has conducted a survey measuring 4G download speeds across India’s largest 20 cities and the results state that Navi Mumbai is the city with the fastest average download speed of 8.1 Mbps.
Numerous Growth Opportunities for Professionals and Businesses
With the proposed International Airport and Hyperloop Transit System in the development stage, Navi Mumbai, especially Kharghar, has become a focal point of interest for leading real estate developers, mainly the ones that develop huge IT and commercial parks.
A renowned real estate firm Aurum Venture is building a 5 million sq ft IT park called Q PARĆ at Ghansoli in Navi Mumbai. More than 70 large IT and financial companies like Accenture, L&T Infotech, Capgemini, and Axis Bank have set up their offices here. Taiwan-based Foxconn and Sweden’s furniture company IKEA, are on their way to set up their ventures in Navi Mumbai. Kharghar demonstrates every reason towards being the logical choice for MMR residents keen on bagging an address at the emerging urban centre in Mumbai.
First Published: Oct 10, 2019 12:14 IST