Monday, July 31, 2017

mumbai versova beach"SHANGHAIED" to make MIAMI;private use 100 days per year; Mumbai to Shanghai

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Mumbai: Rs 20 crore plan to make Versova beach into Miami ...
4 hours ago - Many years ago there was an ambitious plan to turn Mumbai into ... on paper: to transform Versova Beach into the legendary Miami Beach ...

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Shanghaiing or crimping is the practice of kidnapping people to serve as sailors by coercive techniques such as trickery, intimidation, or violence. Those engaged in this form of kidnapping were known as crimps. Wikipedia

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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.

Dream to turn Versova beach into Miami beach

"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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