CBD Belapur

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CBD Belapur
सी.बी.डी. बेलापूर
Business District
CBD Belapur is located in Mumbai
CBD Belapur
CBD Belapur
Coordinates: 19°1′1″N 73°2′22″E / 19.01694°N 73.03944°E / 19.01694; 73.03944Coordinates: 19°1′1″N 73°2′22″E / 19.01694°N 73.03944°E / 19.01694; 73.03944
Country India
State Maharashtra
District Mumbai
Government
 • Body CIDCO
Telephone code 022
Civic agency CIDCO
CBD Belapur flyover, CGO, RBI and CIDCO offices on right side

CBD Belapur is an acronym of Central Business District, Belapur. It was designed and developed in order to promote businesses. The Reserve Bank of India maintains a branch office at CBD Belapur. This area is one of the fastest developing region in Navi Mumbai in terms of new residential and commercial construction projects. CBD Belapur is well connected to all other parts of Mumbai through railways, BEST & NMMT buses. It had sea link for traveling to Elephanta caves from Sector-11.

CBD Belapur is a chief business district of Mumbai after Vashi, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Nariman Point and Worli. CBD Belapur has been growing since the 1990s, and is now home to colleges as well as a number of technology businesses.

History[edit]

A view of Belapur Creek

The area near Belapur was under Portugal rule around 1560, before it was captured by the Siddis of Janjira. In those days, the town was called Belawal by the locals, and Sambayo or Shabaz by the Portuguese. In 1682, the Portuguese recaptured Shabaz, only to lose it to the Marathas in 1733. In 1817, the British East India Company captured the area from the Marathas.It is last town to the south in Thane taluka as well as Thane district.

Economy[edit]

CBD Belapur houses several economic and government administrative and private companies' offices (mostly govt. offices like banks). Konkan Bhavan building houses important state government office like Director of Town Planning, Public Works Department etc. The CGO Complex (Central Government Office) has offices of Chief Commissioner of Central Exice, Special Crime Branch, MTNL and Court. Other government offices include Cotton Corporation of India Ltd and headquarters of Konkan Railway.

The Reserve Bank of India, State Bank of India (SBI), Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Industrial Development Bank of India Limited (IDBI) and other nationalised banks have their presence here.

CBD Belapur is home to some of the country's most prominent call centres like ChoiceConnex, Wipro BPO and few others like Kaizen, SilkRoot etc. ChoiceConnex has notable mention as it specialises in out-bound sales for US, Australia and UAE and has more recently started domestic operations as well. It has well developed markets for local population in sectors 3, 4 & 6. It has M.G.M. Hospital which takes care of local population's medical needs. Now a new Charitable hospital Acharyashri Nanesh Hospital is scheduled to open in the quaint Artist village a serene & picturesque locality in Belapur. It has a number of restaurants & recreational grounds such as Sunil Gavaskar Maidan. International Technology Centre at the CBD Belapur railway station complex was built by CIDCO as an Infotech hub.

Administrative Offices[edit]

CBD Belapur is also important as regards to administrative purpose as many prominent central, state and local government offices are situated here:

Kokan Bhavan
  • Kokan Bhavan (State)
  • CGO (Central Government Offices Complex)
  • Raigad Bhavan (CIDCO)
  • NMMC (Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation)

Transportation[edit]

CBD Belapur is easily accessible from all parts of Navi Mumbai and Mumbai by road and rail transport facilities. Belapur railway station lies on the harbour line and on the Sion-Panvel highway. Palm Beach Road connects CBD Belapur directly with Vashi. Railway service is up to Panvel.

Belapur Railway Station
Belapur Railway Station - Another view

BEST buses are available from CBD Belapur to Vashi, Chembur, Sion, Wadala, Bandra & Ghatkopar. NMMT buses are available from CBD Belapur to Vashi, Thane, Dombivli, Badlapur, Uran, Taloja, Panvel & Khopoli. BEST AC Kinglong and NMMT AC Volvo buses are available from CBD Belapur to Sion, Dadar, Bandra & Borivali. Auto rickshaws is the primary mode of transport within the node owing the small area occupied by the node. The minimum auto fare is Rs. 15

There exists a provision for a helipad and helicopter service making Belapur station complex accessible by air too, but is defunct. A hovercraft was introduced in mid 1990s between CBD Belapur and Gateway of India but was later discontinued because of poor response, the main reason being the high cost

Belapur Creek[edit]

This creek in the past has been a major site for sand mining, which after a long public and environmentalists' outcry stopped. But all is not well with this creek. CIDCO has allegedly allotted place for loading and unloading of sand for limited use but it is going on in uncontrolled way even being in the knowledge of all public departments whose officials are visiting the site and trying to find ways to stay away to pretend inaction. This is a major safety hazard and causing degradation of environment for residents staying in the vicinity. Resident are raising their voice now and then but no body seems concerned to address the problem for improving the surroundings.

This creek has a beautiful lining of mangroves on both banks which is now under threat from the sand barons and land mafia who use patches (created by destroying mangroves and landfilling) along the creek to bring sand from other dredging sites (as far as Mahad) and unload and re-distribute to the Mumbai city. Also, now lot of activities such as vessels repair, ship breakdown for scrap etc. are carried out on the land which is carved out of mangroves. Any activities within 50 meters of a mangrove is illegal, but the authorities remain silent, nature dies.

There are new patches being created by heavy machinery even today. The patches are growing in size by the day.[citation needed]

Belapur Fort[edit]

After they wrested control of the area from the Portuguese in 1733, the Marathas, led by Chimanji Appa, captured the fort. In 1817, when it was captured by captain Charles Gray of the British East India Company, the fort was partially destroyed under the British policy of razing any Maratha stronghold in the area. CIDCO plans to restore the structure after a protest from residents of Belapur.

Natural Beauty[edit]

Belapur is also surrounded by lush greenery all around, and its much more organized than other parts of Navi Mumbai. There are a couple of waterfalls situated in sector 8B ,where people often come for treking and nature trails. There are a Lot of Open spaces in and Around Belapur.

Law and order[edit]

The office of police commissioner Of Navi Mumbai is at CBD Belapur Sector 10. A police station is also at sector 1.

Latest Development[edit]

One-Time development plan is invoked by NMMC now.

Proposed plan for CBD Node

Metro route from CBD Belapur to Taloja Node

Multi-storey parking lot
Beautification of sea shore
Beautification of nullahs and surroundings
Multi-storey central bus depot
Widening of internal roads and footpaths

http://www.mid-day.com/news/2013/jun/060613-mumbai-to-see-a-makeover-by-2020.htm

Educational institutions[edit]

not available right now

Other business districts of Mumbai[edit]

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