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List of winners at the VVMC elections 2015

Here are your corporaters who won in the VVMC elections 2015.

1 – गोवारी दिलीप यशवंत( बविआ)
2 -पाटिल यज्ञेश्वर अनंत (बविआ)
3 – रणजीत वामन पाटिल(बविआ)
4 – कांता अनंत पाटिल (बविआ)
5 – किणी जयश्री जयवंत (बविआ)
6 – पाटिल विनय दिवाकर (बविआ)
7- सदानंद गजानन पाटिल (बविआ)
8 – पांडुरंग मोरोपंत इंगले (बविआ)
9 – जिनत अक्रम शेख (बविआ)
10 -नरेन्द्र वसंत पाटिल (बविआ)
11- संजय दिगंबर पिंगुलकर( बविआ)
12 – ममता दुर्गेश सुमन (बविआ)
13 – वासंती हरिश्चद्र पाटिल (बविआ)
14 – सुरेखा विवेक कुरकुरे (बविआ)
15 – सुष्मा संजय लोपिस( बविआ)
16 – रिटा कनुभाई सरवैया (बविआ)
17 – भारती प्रदिप देशमुख (बविआ)
18 – माया सुबोध चौधरी(बविआ)
19 – महेश हरि पाटिल (बविआ)
20 – प्रज्ञा विनेश देसाई (बविआ)
21 – सुदेश प्रभाकर चौधरी ( बविआ)
22 – प्रतिभा किशोर पाटिल ( बविआ)
23 – प्रतिमा सचिन पाटिल ( बविआ)
24 – पुतुल रवीन्द्र झा (बविआ )
25 – मिनल रमाकांत पाटिल ( बविआ )
26 – चिरायू प्रणव चौधरी (बविआ )
27 – संगीता किशोर भेरे ( बविआ )
28 – हेमांगी विनोद पाटिल (बविआ)
29 – हार्दीक रविन्द्र राऊत (बविआ)
30 – प्रशान्त दत्तात्रय राऊत( बविआ)
31 – पंकज भास्कर ठाकूर ( बविआ)
32 – सखाराम शंकर महाडिक( बविआ)
33 – ज्योति राजेश राऊत (बविआ)
34 – रंजना लाडक्या थालेकर (बविआ)
35 – मार्शल डोमणिक लोपीस ( बविआ)
36 – अजित यशवंत नाईक (बविआ )
37 – रजनी शशिकांत पाटिल (बविआ)
38 – किशोर नाना पाटिल (बविआ)
39 – छाया धर्मदत्त पाटिल( बविआ)
40 – देसाई सचिन संभाजी ( बविआ)
41 – अब्दुल हक सुलेमान पटेल (बविआ)
42 – पंकज पदमाकर पाटील ( बविआ)
43 – अंजली रामचंद्र पाटील ( बविआ)
44 – चौधरी प्रकाश नथुराम (बविआ)
45 – मिलींद जगन्नाथ घरत (बविआ)
46 – अनिता भागवत यादव (बविआ)
47 – किसन माया बांडागले (बविआ)
48 – उमेश नाईक (बविआ )
49 – सलीमुन्नीसा अ• समानी (बविआ)
50 – रूपाली सुनिल पाटील (बविआ)
51 – निलेश दामोदर देशमुख (बविआ)
52 – अरूण हरिश्चन्द्र जाधव (बविआ)
53 – किशोर गजानन पाटील (बविआ )
54 – भरत प्रभुदास मकवाना ( बविआ)
55 – शुभांगी राजेश गायकवाड ( बविआ )
56 – संगीता प्रकाश राऊत (बविआ)
57 – ढ़गे राजेश कमलाकर (बविआ)
58 – निलिमा आनंद कांबले (बविआ)
59 – शबनम आरीफ शेख ( बविआ )
60 – अतुल रमेश सालुंखे (बविआ)
61 – सुष्मा उमेश दिवेकर (बविआ)
62 – बांदेकर स्वप्नील आविनाश (शिवसेना)
63 – धनंजय विठठल गावडे ( शिवसेना)
64 – शोभा नितिन मोरे ( बविआ)
65- पुष्पा विजय घोपल ( बविआ)
66 – जया शाम पेंढारी (बविआ)
67 – दुबे सरिता प्रमोद (बविआ)
68 – कल्पना रोहिदास म्हात्रे (बविआ)
69 – पुष्पा अल्पेश रूपानी (बविआ)
70 – चन्द्रकांत सिताराम जाधव (बविआ)
71 – सिताराम सुदामा गुप्ता( बविआ)
72 – दिक्षा दिपेश घरत ( बविआ)
73 – प्रफुल गोविन्द पाटील (अपक्ष)
74 – धुमाल देवयानी किशोर (अपक्ष)
75 – आचोलकर सुनिल मोरेश्वर (बविआ)
76 – ऊषा शशिकांत ठाकूर ( बविआ)
77 – शिल्पा सरोज कुमार सिंह (शिवसेना)
78 -रेश्मा रमेश जाधव (बविआ)
79 – भुपेन्द्र आत्माराम पाटिल (बविआ)
80 – रूपेश सुदाम जाधव (बविआ)
81 – भावना सुनिल शेवाले (बविआ )
82 – चन्द्रकांत यशवंत गोरीवले (बविआ)
83 – वैभव सुदाम पाटील ( बविआ)
84 – समीर जीकर डबरे (बविआ)
85 – वृन्देश रघुनाथ पाटील (उमा पाटील) (बविआ)
86 – भोईर किरण पुरूषोत्तम (भाजपा)
87 – निलिमा नरेश गायकवाड (बविआ)
88- भोईर विजया अजित ( बविआ)
89 – म्हात्रे प्रिती दिनेश (शिवसेना )
90 – शकुंतला नागेश शेलके ( बविआ)
91 – आशा बालकृष्ण धुलसाडा (बविआ )
92 – किरण उदय चेंदवणकर (शिवसेना)
93 -कांबली राजेन्द्र राजाराम (बविआ)
94 – चोरघे पंकज नारायण ( बविआ)
95 – फ्रान्सिस डाॅमनिक डिसोजा ( बविआ)
96 – मानकर कल्पेश नारायण (बविआ)
97 – पाटील संदीप कृष्णा ( बविआ)
98 -प्रविणा हितेन्द्र ठाकूर (बविआ)
99 – मनिषा मनोहर जाधव (बविआ)
100 – राऊत नितीन दिनानाथ (बविआ)
101 राॅड्रिक्स प्रकाश दुमा (बविआ)
102 – जाधव पुष्पा संदेश (बविआ)
103 – पापडे अमिता सुनिल (बविआ)
104 – घरत सचिन हरेश्वर (बविआ)
105 – भोईर कन्हैया मनोहर (बविआ)
106 – वर्तक मनिष आत्माराम (बविआ)
107 – धोडेकर ज्योति मच्छिंद्र (बविआ)
108 – अॅड प्राची लेराॅय कोलासे (बविआ)
109 – पीरखान उजमा दिलदार(बविआ)
110 – प्रविण चिन्नया शेटटी (बविआ)
111- डायस लाँरेल डायगो (अपक्ष)
112 – पाटील विदया चेतन (बविआ)
113 – शेख अफीफ जमिल (बविआ)
114 – रमेश जयराम घोरकना (बविआ)
115 – अलका सतीश गमज्या (अपक्ष)

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115 Wards after Vasai-Virar Delimitation

The civic polls in the Vasai-Virar region likely to be held in May-June will see an increase in the number of corporators.

The Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) on Monday finalised the ward delimitation process. The number of wards have gone up from 89 in 2010 to 115 in 2015. The civic polls (second election since the VVMC was formed in July 2009) are likely to be held in end May or June first week.

Following the ward demarcation, over 50 per cent of the sitting corporators have lost their areas to new wards or reservations. Of the 115 wards, 58 has been reserved for women, in keeping with the 50 per cent reservation.

The ward demarcation was done based on the 2011 census, which puts the population of the Vasai-Virar region at over 12.34 lakhs. Each ward will have a population of over 10,000. The ward demarcation done before the first civic polls in 2010 was based on the 2001 census.

Virar and Nalasopara, have got new wards in keeping with the increase in the population in these areas. A number of sitting corporators who have traditionally fought elections from ‘safe’ seats have lost their wards to newer wards.

The announcement of the ward boundaries was met with tense moments by corporators who lost their wards. Senior corporators like Shishir Chavan of the Shiv Sena and Sagir Dange of the Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) took a hit following the ward demarcation. VVMC mayor Narayan Mankar and deputy mayor Rupesh Jadhav, both from BVA, were not affected by the ward demarcation. Veteran corporators who lost their wards to women reservation are likely to field their wives in the forthcoming polls.

Source: Times of India

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Documentary On Vasai Tourism

The Vasai-Virar Mahanagar Palika has created a documentary on Tourism in Vasai. This 40 minute documentary is written by Sanjay Parab and voiced by Makrand Anaspure and Sheetal Kale. It was commissioned on the 27th of December 2013 with an initial budget of Rs. 9,50,000.

The documentary explores the various places in Vasai such as Vasai Fort, Arnala Fort, the beaches in Vasai, Jivdani Temple, St. Gonsalo Garcia Church, Vajreshwari Mandir, Tungareshwar, Kaman Fort, Vagholi Shani Mandir, Nirmal Shankaracharya Mandir, Giriz Hira Dongri Dutta Mandir, Sopara Buddha Stupas and other places were captured in the video.

Tree Census by VVMC

The Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) has undertaken a seven month long project of conducting a Tree Census of all trees in the Vasai-Virar region. Terracon Ecotech Pvt Ltd has been appointed to carry out the survey of trees. The agency will record the species, height age and health of the trees. There are over five lakh trees in the region and those on both private and government land will be counted. The agency will look for the local and botanical names of the trees. An amount of Rs 55 lakhs has been earmarked by the municipality for the tree census.

The decision to survey and identify different types of trees was first mooted in May 2011. It was given the civic general body sanction in February 2012. On January 3, this year the standing committee finally approved the agency for carrying out the survey. The survey is likely to be completed in the first week of July. The agency will also map details of mangroves and identify the green zones in the region. Areas which need more trees will also be identified and new trees will be planted by the municipality. This will be the first tree census to be undertaken by the municipality since its formation in July 2009.

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VVTC Gets Rolling

The Vasai-Virar Transport Corporation, the transport wing of the Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation started its own bus service in Vasai on Wednesday, 03rd October coinciding with the birthday of Hitendra Thakur.

The bus routes are as follows:

  • 101 – Vasai Road Railway Station (East) to Sativali
  • 102 -Vasai Road Railway Station (East) to Pelhar Fata
  • 103 -Vasai Road Railway Station (East) to Evershine City
  • 104 – Vasai Road Railway Station (East) to Vasant Nagri (Bhavani Park Chowk)
  • 105 -Vasai Road Railway Station (West) to Killabunder
  • 106 – Vasai Road Railway Station (West) to Sai Mandir, Navyug Nagar, Deewanman Nageshwar Mandir, Ambadi Road, 60ft Road
  • 107 – Vasai Road Railway Station (West) to 100ft Road, Sun City, DJ Nagar Garden, Samata Nagar Ganesh Mandir, Maitri Park, Ambadi Road
  • 108 – Vasai Road Railway Station (West) to Om Nagar, Dhuri Complex, Gokul Aangan, Krishna Township, Saptarshi Garden, Panchwati Naka
  • Vasai Road Railway Station (West) to Chulne Village via Manickpur Naka
  • Virar Railway Station (East) to Phoolpada
  • Virar Railway Station (East) to Jivdani
  • 201 – Chandansar to Vasai Court/Tasildar Office via Narangi Fata, VVMC Head Office, Virar Railway Station (East), Manvel Pada, Nagindas Pada, Tulinj, Achole Police Chowki, Achole Road, Vasant Nagri, Evershine City, Panchwati Naka, Ambadi Road, Manickpur Naka, Bhabola Naka, Papdy, Tamtalao, MSRTC Vasai Depot, G. G. College, Princess Park

Some pictures of the buses.

Vasai-Virar Trasnport Corporation RoutesVasai-Virar Trasnport Corporation

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Vasai-Virar to have own bus service

The burgeoning population of the Vasai-Virar municipal region living in far flung areas will no longer be burdened by the sharp hike in auto-rickshaw fares. For, the Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) is set to launch its first bus fleet in October.

The swanky new buses, 50 of which will first run on the Navghar-Manickpur Road route, will in due time expand to cover the entire Vasai-Virar region using its full capacity of 380 buses. Apart from bringing relief to the thousands staying at places far from the railway station and in villages, the bus service will give special concessions to students and senior citizens.

The buses take their color from students, who are represented by the yellow while the green represents the greenery of the Vasai region, the area they will ply in, said Bharat Gupta, Sabhapati Prabhag Samiti, Ward-D, VVMC. To be run and maintained by the Mumbai-based Bhagirath Corporation Pvt Ltd, which will dispense salaries of the conductors and drivers employed in their buses. Also, the firm will pay VVMC an annual revenue per bus.

Stating that the demand for a bus service had gained momentum due to the sharp rise in commuters in the region, VVMC Mayor Rajeev Patil said, the bus service will be provided to people at cheap rates. While initially, contractors will run the service, in the future we will undertake all its operations, he added.

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Vasai-Virar Mayor’s Marathon is now National

In only its second year, the Vasai-Virar Mayor’s Marathon has got the tag of national-level event after getting an approval of the Athletics Federation of India.

The race will be held on October 14 and will carry an enhanced prize fund of Rs 17 lakh.

“Last year, the inaugural edition of the race was a state level event. This year we have sought and got approval from the Athletics Federation of India and it’s going to be a national-level event,” said a spokesperson for the organising committee at a media conference on Thursday.

“We expect a very good field from the army, railways and others. Army’s chief coach K S Thomas has assured us that a strong field of runners would be sent (for the men’s full marathon). There is a possibility that Ram Singh Yadav would also be seen in action.

“The AFI has said it would be sending out invites to all the units affiliated to it. This is seen as a good tune up for the Mumbai Marathon (to be held in January next),” the spokesperson added.

Yadav was the country’s sole entrant in the men’s marathon held on the concluding day of the London Olympics on August 12, having gained a berth through the Mumbai Marathon – in which he emerged as the fastest among Indians – held in January.

The men’s full marathon winner would pocket Rs 2 lakh, up from Rs 1 lakh given last year, while the winner of the women’s half marathon would be richer by Rs 1 lakh, the same prize being earmarked for the corresponding men’s champion.

Last year, the men’s winner got Rs one lakh and the total prize fund was Rs 15 lakh. There would also be different age group events for boys and girls, along with those for those above 50 years of age.

The organisers – Vasai Virar City Municipal Corporation and Vasai Taluka Kala Krida Vikas Mandal – are also going to provide the full marathon runners with timing chips, by charging them Rs 200 each, it was announced.

Vasai-Virar municipal corporation’s mayor Rajeev Patil said that like last year this year too providing protection for the girl child would be the main theme of the race.

“Save the Girl Child and Maintain Nature’s Balance” would be the motto of the marathon, he said.

The organisers are also planning to invite a top former athlete to be the event’s brand ambassador.

They have also roped in model and former national level swimmer Milind Soman to support the event. He will also take part in the full marathon on behalf of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of India, the NGO he is associated with.

Content sourced from TOI

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2 Crores in 2 days for VVMC

The Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) has begun recovering Local Body Tax (LBT) and has managed to collect a record Rs 2 crores in two days.

The LBT was introduced in the Vasai-Virar region in April 2011 after it was replaced by octroi. The civic administration, however, was unable to meet its target due to untrained staff and shortage of manpower. Traders and businessmen too were unclear about the percentage of tax to be paid for various products. Traders had complained of the exorbitant taxes compared to other municipal corporations in the state.

The VVMC recently brought down the LBT on various products which came as a respite to small and medium sized industries and traders. The civic administration also conducted a workshop for employees involved in the collection of LBT.

The VVMC has succeeded in collecting a record Rs 2 crores by way of LBT from traders in the region in two days. A total of 36,500 traders have been registered for collection of the levy and more traders are being encouraged to pay the local tax. The municipality is making efforts to get traders from villages in the region to pay the levy. A number of villages that come under the gram panchayat are against paying the tax. The villagers are fighting a court battle for non inclusion into the VVMC.

Last year, the civic administration managed to collect only Rs 1.50 crores as LBT. This year the target has been raised to 300 crores.

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Vasai-Virar: The new promised land?

For most residents of Mumbai and its extended suburbs, there is a crying need to find affordable houses.Unfortunately, even most spaces meant for affordable housing eventually began offering apartments for middle and high income groups.

All of a sudden, there is the possibility of the Virar-Vasai belt emerging as the hottest destination on the Western corridor in Mumbai.

What were the reasons behind such a development?Will the housing sector become more attractive in Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) rather than, say, in Panvel? That people have already begun flocking to this region is evident from the Census figures which show a surge in numbers from 7 lakh people in 2001 to around 13 lakh in 2011.

To discuss this phenomenon, DNA decided to bring together a panel of some of the most eminent spokespersons to explain what Vasai-Virar holds out for common home-seekers. The panel included (in alphabetical order) AshokMehta- chairman – Vinay Unique Developers; AshokMohanani- chairman and managing director, Ekta World; RajeevPatil, mayor, VVMC; ShivReddy, deputy director, town planning, VVMC, Kshitij HitendraThakur, MLA, Maharashtra Assembly from Vasai-Nalasopara. The discussion was moderated by R.N.Bhaskar of DNA and edited excerpts from this event are given below:

DNA: Why should Virar be such an important subject and not any other place? For consumers, business community, builders, developers, for the common man. It seems to be the Promised Land, it seems to be the most exotic destination. Why?

Patil:It is the largest station on the Western Railway, a suburb that is also close to Mumbai. You are within an hours distance from the most important places — Tarapore MIDC [the industry region developed by the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation], Thane Corporation, Mumbai Corporation, Navi MumbaiCorporation, Dombivli.Even the Mumbai airport, both domestic and international are just an hour away. So it is centrally located.

The MMR [Mumbai Metropolitan Region] that we have and which as of today extends till Virar will soon extend to Dahanu. This extension is a necessity. The Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway goes from Virar, the Western Railway goes through here, the Konkan Line passes through here. One can travel by sea from here if need be to reach certain places. One can reach Gujarat GIDC [Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation] from here within an hour and thirty minutes. Even the new international airport in Navi Mumbai can be reached within an hour and a half from Virar.

Once the Virar-Alibaug Corridor is built, one will be able to traverse from Virar to the new airport then Nava Sheva Port and then Alibaug within an hour and a half. You know that the five industry centres in this region — Vapi, Mumbai, Alibaug, Nashik, and Pune, are rapidly growing. These centres boast of industries; the population is sizeable.

Another important fact about Virar is that it is the source of water. There are the three rivers — Tansa, Vaitarna and Surya — which flow by Virar. Surya and Vaitarnas catchment receives more than 100 inches of rainfall every monsoon. That is why, in the near future, the whole of Mumbai will get its water from the Thane District. The big Pinjal Dam Project, which is vital to Mumbai, is in close proximity to Virar. The second stage of the Surya River project is under implementation and will solve our water problems. The sub river Susri has a project happening on it. So in the coming days, within 3-4 years, 400-500 mld [million litres a day] of water will be available. The requirement for our 15 lakh population according to new rules is approximately 200 mld, we get 130 mld currently and some have their own sources. So our council has committed per man 100 litres of water.

All this makes Virar important. Another main point is the small-scale industries that are being set up here, due to which people get employment. Currently, many people at Virar seek employment at Tarapore MIDC. Our education facilities are good. We have 7 senior colleges, 20 junior colleges. Whatever people want, be it education, water, employment, basic amenities, we have it all.

Our corporation needs to build a hospital. But Mumbai being so close, people have access to all. Our area will become a central place. Our corporation area is around 380 square kilometres. Mumbai is 400 square kilometres and our Taluka is 560 square kilometers. We have much more land. So because of this, in a few years, when the Virar-Alibaug corridor is done, then Virar and Nariman Point will have very little difference between the two. Good builders have come in, good construction is taking place. Good business will follow and so will good people. It is like a virtuous cycle — if the facilities are not good, then the people who come are not good either. Now we have given the wheel of our fortunes a little push and good facilities are coming up. A good city is definitely being developed quickly.

 

Mohanani:What we have seen over the last few years, maybe half a decade, is that Virar has grown manifold. The primary reason is that it is at the threshold of Mumbai. There is very good railway connectivity to and from Mumbai. In 2007 the railway line has quadrupled in Virar. Then there is a large forest cover and a scenic charm there. Travelling is just about 1 hour from Bandra Terminus, Mumbai. Tourism is doing great. There are a lot of forests being developed. The corporation has sanctioned a huge amount. There are 2 famous forts.

 

DNA: Which are they?

 

Patil:One is the Vasai Fort and another is the Arnala Fort.

Mohanani:We have beautiful temples here, as well.

Patil:There is a religious Jain temple. There are Buddhist shrines. Nallasopara was one of the best historical places. Trading took place here since 2000 years ago. Legends have it that Buddhism went to Sri Lanka through Nallasopara to get there. It is like a gateway. There are beautiful churches, a lot of greenery. We have many protected forests — a 11,000-hectare forest cover.

Of this some of the forest has got destroyed.So, every year, we plant 20 lakh trees to do up the forest cover. These are the lungs of Mumbai.

Mohanani:We also have Vrajeshwari, the thermal springs. As for the 20 lakh trees, we have a budget and we have sanctioned of Rs 8.16 crore toward planting these trees. The total budget the corporation has assigned is about Rs 810 crore last year. This years budget is about Rs 1,266 crore. That is phenomenal for a new corporation [VMCC was set up only two years ago].

We also have provision for a bird sanctuary and hanging gardens at Virar. These are part of the future plans. We also have the Virar-Alibaug Corridor, which will make life so much easier. We expect to spend about Rs 10,000 crore on this project. It willconnect to all the national highways; NH-8: Mumbai-Ahmedabad, NH-3: Mumbai-Agra-Delhi, NH-4: Mumbai-Chennai and NH-17: Goa-Manglore-Kerala. This will thus become a central focus place, a hub, once this corridor takes shape. Much of it is already done — 90 kilometres from Virar-Panvel is ready. The second phase is from Panvel to Alibaug. Apart from that, the BandraVersova Corridor, that is the Coastal Corridor, will get extended first to Malad and then to Virar.

Patil:Our corporation has land which are used by saltpans and the lease is expiring in 2014. They account for around 1500 acres of land and we have offered it to MMRDA [Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority], for developing a business centre like the BKC [Bandra-Kurla-Complex], as a commercial hub. If such a complex can be built here, people will get employment, IT [information technology] hubs can opened up there and the people from this region will get good employment opportunities. Just as there is a Pragati Maidan in Delhi with a big exhibition centre, we wish to have the same here on 200 acres of land.

Reddy:Basically I am a city planner. So if you go back into the planning process of Virar, you will find that in 1970 a visual plan of the MMR region was sanctioned by the government. In that Vasai-Virar is in the north-east corner and is the last part of the region. In the 1970s this entire part was a part of the green zone in the MMR plan, except for some railway stations [Virar, Vasai, Nallsopara, etc.] In these areas certain development was allowed.

So even though these areas were in the green zone, the government made efforts to bring planned development to these areas. Coming to 1988, this green zone has been converted into an urbanizable zone. So now Vasai-Virar has become a single entity. At that time the MMRDA was appointed as the planning authority, but CIDCO [City Industrial Development Corporation] replaced MMRDA in 1991. By availing all the latest technologies, a development plan has been put up and it got approval from the government in 2004.Thus the entire Vasai-Virar is now considered as a single unit. It has a legally published development plan for implementation.

If you see the demography of Virar city, in 1961 it was 24,000 only. In 2001 it became 1,31,000.In 2011 it is expected to be 2,91,000 and by the end of this planning period it is 4,65,000. So, this is the area where we have anticipated an almost 100% increase in population.

For any plan to become successful there should be employment opportunities to sustain the population. In the eastern part of Virar, the huge industrial land of about 500 hectares roughly do this. That is why we believe that Virar has the possibility of beoming an independent city.

Thakur:There are many reasons why there has been a 100% population growth over the past few years. But the basic reason I can think of is that Mumbai is getting very expensive. So a lot of people are moving toward Vasai. The price for a 1,000 square foot apartment is around Rs.35-40 lakhs, which is half the price of what you will be able to get by selling a similar apartment in Dahisar or Borivali.

So what people do is shift into the Vasai-Virar region, take that 40-50 lakh apartment and end up investing the rest in properties or other prospects. So thats one reason why people prefer shifting here. The highway connectivity and the rail connectivity is not as good in places like Thane. So people are shifting here from Thane.

A lot of people want a better standard of living and are thus shifting here. The infrastructure is a little better than Dahanu. So people are pouring in here from everywhere. As Patil said earlier, it is centrally located, 1 hour from most places. So moving anywhere is easy from the Vasai-Virar sub-region.

Also, Nallasopara was a business hub from the 1stcentury. There were 2 brothersGajanand and Gajasenwho started a business and that time it was one of the most important ports in India. So we are also planning to make this as a port. So we have spoken to the authorities and have been met with positive reactions.

We are not sure where the funding will come from. You asked whether Vasai-Virar could become like South Bombay. We are in talks with a couple of consultants.One of them is Singbridge, which has helped develop the Guangzhou SEZ in China. We have spoken to them and they have shown interest in developing our region along the lines of Guangzhou.One of the major requirements is to earmark a minimum of 2000-3000 acres to develop a small SEZ.

It will be an 18-year project. When we initially met them they were talking about 7000 acres, which is quite difficult, especially to get all this land in one place. But now, we have worked out a smaller area.

We havent signed any contract yet. But the plan is to develop around 2-3,000 acres to make it like Guangzhou. We will need to acquire the land through the Mahanagarpalika [municipal corporation] or through private parties.

One of the sectors we hope to develop aggressively is tourism we have a lot to display — forts, churches, historic temples, monuments dating back to King Ashoka. Through the Mahanagarpalika we have added a reservation of 60 acres to develop a tourist zone specially related to Buddha.A couple of Japanese priests had come over in February this year, and they are willing to invest money and develop this place. Last year,Maharashtra state chief secretary Ratnakar Gaikwad announced plans to restore and preserve the stupa, located in Mardes village, and said that he would convert this location into a tourist hotspot. The stupa, known to be built under the reign of King Ashoka, falls under the control of the Archeological Survey of India, but had remained largely neglected. Gaikwad alsodonated an 8 ft Buddha idol and the MP of Thailand had come and assured us that his country would be willing to invest money in developing the earmarked 60 acres of land as a Buddhist site.

Further, there are hot water springs and temples.

In addition to tourism, we are looking at healthcare and medical tourism. We are also encouraging colleges in the area to get the maximum number of courses through the government.

So that is where we see Vasai-Virar in 15-20-25 years a city like Bangalore or Delhi and Pune an education hub.

About the salt pans, we have already spoken to MMRDA and have submitted letters to the CM to develop these lands on the lines of Bandra-Kurla Complex. We have spoken to him about IT and ITES [IT enabled services]. We are looking at. KPOs [knowledge process outsourcing companies] and BPOs [business process outsourcing] because many of the employees that currently work with KPOs and BPOs in Mumbai and Pune actually come from Vasai-Virar.

DNA: For the growth of a city you need the intrinsic features we talked about. You need excellent connectivity and education. But as part of social infrastructure, we also need good healthcare. Are you getting investors to put in money for developing healthcare?

Thakur:Yes. We are in talks with Seven Hills and there is one other hospital, which I would not like to name, it is a UK-based hospital, which is looking at locating its centre in our region. We are coming up with one hospital through the VVMC. Obviously, if you are talking about healthcare tourism, it is not possible without hospitals.

DNA: You will need good medicare also for the local population. Business comes in when an employee can put his family there for schooling as can also avail of decent medicare.

Thakur:We are developing the hospitals that already exist. We have submitted our letters to the CM to hand over all the public hospitals to VVMC. Also to hand over the Z