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A plan for the broadwalk connecting Versova beach to Juhu beach
DREAM: To turn Versova beach... ...into Miami beach
Many years ago there was an ambitious plan to turn Mumbai into Shanghai. While even a cursory study of the city's infrastructure can showcase how that has turned out, the state now has another lofty idea that looks good on paper: to transform Versova Beach into the legendary Miami Beach - known for its pristine sands, fine dining and famed nightlife.

It has so far been a challenge for civic authorities to keep the vast Versova coastline free of plastic trash and garbage, but local MLA Ameet Satam and the Maharashtra Maritime board (MMB) have ambitious plans to build a marine entertainment zone at Versova along the lines of Miami Beach.

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The objective behind creating such a zone is to use a part of the beach for public activities, and check its misuse, which locals say has been rampant over the last 25 years.Image result for SMILEY

The "marine entertainment zone" for Versova beach will have water sports, beach events, beach shacks, beach cafes and beach sports like cricket, kabbadi and volleyball. The cost of the project is pegged at Rs 20 crore. The project is a collective endeavor between Satam, Versova citizens and architect PK Das.

"Versova beach was encroached upon by 150 shanties. I had to get them demolished after personally standing on the site seven times. The beach is a public open space for leisure, tourism and entertainment. I would like to gift the city with a destination of international repute on the lines of beaches like Miami. We want to protect public open spaces and promote tourism, which will in turn boost economy," Satam said.

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Atul Patne, CEO, MMB, said the body is currently demarcating land parcels along the beach as per the Indian Port Act to offer contractors."There is a 1-2 acre of land up to 50 yards from the high tide zone, which MMB already owns. We seek relaxation in the Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) rules to club the high tide zone with government land so that the contractor can construct permanent structures beyond CRZ limits to facilitate tourism," he said.
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Called the Oceana concept, MMB will lease Versova beach to a company to develop the defined area,
Image result for SMILEYand identify different activities and vendors. All activities will be provided on a chargeable basis and will remain open to the public on all days, with restricted entry on event days. The area will be reserved for events up to a maximum of 100 days a year. The beach measures 28 acres, starting from Ganesh visarjan point near Sagar Kutir up to Juhu Moragaon.

An interesting feature is a beach boardwalk, a first-of-its-kind concept in India, to connect 8-10 km of Juhu beach with Versova beach. The project cost for the proposed boardwalk is Rs 25 crore.


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"Between Juhu and Versova beaches is a river, and below the boardwalk there will be mangroves, which will be an added attraction," said Patne. Architect PK Das who has de

signed the boardwalk conceptualised by Satam said, "The objective of the proposal is to interlink those areas of the beach that are today treated as the backyard of neglect, filth and abuse.And importantly, interlink Juhu beach with Versova beach and the areas that have large group housing between Juhu and Versova. It is to turn backyards into accessible public spaces, protect the mangroves and interconnect disparate areas that are neglected."

Turning Mumbai into Shanghai

In 2005, the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram showed Mumbaikars a dream -a Rs 100-billion-fuelled dream of transforming India's financial hub on the lines of Shanghai.Then in 2006, during a meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao, the then CM of Maharashtra, the late Vilasrao Deshmukh, asked for his "guidance "for turning Mumbai into Shanghai".

The projects that were planned to give the metropolis a facelift included the Mumbaimetro rail link, the trans-harbour project, the ring railway project and Wadala truck terminus project, removal of encroachments, beautification of the international airport at Mumbai, the Mumbai-Urban infrastructural project and the up gradation of King Edward Memorial Hospital. Most of these projects may be in various stages of completion, but Mumbai still remains way behind in terms of its Shanghai aspirations.



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    India vulnerable to cyber crime, must upgrade defence: Study

     | Updated: Jul 31, 2017, 11:19 AM IST

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    • Demonetisation and subsequent push for digitisation has escalated risks relating to cyber crime, an IIT Kanpur study said.
    • According to study, India needs to urgently upgrade its defences by setting up a cyber security commission.
    • The study said attacks from the ‘Equation group’ infected India’s telecom and military sectors.
    NEW DELHI: Demonetisation and the subsequent push for digitisation has escalated risks relating to cyber crime and India needs to urgently upgrade its defences by setting up a cyber security commission on the lines of the Atomic Energy and Space Commissions, according to an IIT Kanpur study shared with Parliament's committee on finance.

    Noting that the government has initiated a number of programmes to enhance the participation of citizens in the fully digitalised economy, the study said cyber security centres set up by the Reserve Bank of India would be insufficient. "While RBI centres often come to IITs such as IIT-K for expert opinion, IITs do not engage in relevant research on cyber security," the study said.

    Incidents of cyber crime in India are rising sharply, recording an increase of over 100% in 2015 from 2014. The number grew from 71,780 in 2013 to 1.49 lakh in 2014 to 3 lakh in 2015.

    The study said attacks from the 'Equation group' — which WikiLeaks reports said was a clandestine CIA and NSA programme — infected India's telecom and military sectors and research institutes.

    The committee was briefed by Profs Manindra Agrawal and Sandeep Shukla from IIT Kanpur.

    The study pointed out that since the government was pushing Aadhaar-based financial transactions, securing the Aadhaar database against unauthorised usage must be looked at carefully.

    It has come to light that certain banks were making hundreds of transactions on the Aadhaar numbers of unsuspecting citizens.

    Cyber attacks affected over 3 million ATM, debit cards in 2016
    Recent revelations about leakage of Aadhaar data and corresponding transaction data are serious concerns as the government is integrating Aadhaar number to various services," the study said.

    Post-demonetisation, digital wallets such as PayTM and BHIM gained prominence.

    However, with increase in online transactions, last year also saw cyber attacks that compromised more than 3 million ATM and debit cards through Hitachi-engineered ATM machine hacking.

    The experts said a wider net needed to be cast by the Indian banking system and the government to engage cyber security experts from top institutes as an advanced layer of protection was missing in most financial institutions.


    Quoting a report, IIT-K experts said India may need $4 billion investment in the private-public model.

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    In their recommendations, experts said companies must have a chief cyber security officer and data systems should function on a need-to-know basis.

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    The experts felt that existing cyber security frameworks like CERT-IN was inadequate as there were insufficient inter-disciplinary connections and the government-private sector partnership was neither deep enough nor did it provide the required expertise.




    'E-cars pollute more than BS4 vehicles'

     | Jul 31, 2017, 11:03 AM IST
    Roland Folgerthe head of Mercedes Benz in India, has raised doubts over the government's intention to entirely switch over to electric vehicles by 2030, saying that the cumulative pollution due to electric cars is higher than BS4 vehicles. Folger said that a large por tion of the electricity used to power electric cars is produced using fossil fuels, which pollute the environment to an even higher degree.

    "So far, no one has been able to dispute the fact that electric vehicles would be dirtier than a Bharat Stage 4 vehicle," Folger told TOI as he questioned the government's target of having an entire fleet run on electricity by 2030. "How can it make sense? I think there will be an equal distribution of around 30% for petrol, diesel and electric. That would make a lot of sense."


    The Mercedes India head said that nearly 65% of electricity in the country is produced using sources such as gas, oil, and coal. "... those power plants do not have any cleansing filters or whatever. They blow everything up in the air, and that's why they can produce electric power for very cheap."


    Also, the low electricity prices may not hold on for long, especially with increased usage by vehicles owners. On the other hand, the price of diesel and other fuels will go down with less usage across the world, making them more affordable and desirable. Folger also said that it will be expensive for the Indian economy to make investments into cleanerrenewable power sources or charging stations at the pace at which the demand for power will come. "The investments into a nuclear power plant, or into greener technologies like wind, hydro and solar, can only be re covered by charging more for the electricity... electricity price could easily become more expensive than the equivalent in diesel. So, what are people going to buy?" He said developed economies, including countries such as Germany , have not been able to afford the transition."It doesn't happen in Europe, and now Europe has tonnes of more money for these kind of issues, but it still doesn't work... India is still a country that does not have these kinds of budgets, even post-GST."


    Pointing to large amount of CO2 emissions during the manufacture of batteries, Folger said, "... the production of the battery leads to heavy CO2 emissions ... that it takes nearly 7-8 years until they can lay out their benefits." He said that safe disposal of batteries will be another critical issue as the government pushes for electric vehicles.
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