The satellite city would be soon getting an iconic structure in the form of the NMMC Headquarters under construction at CBD Belapur. It’s been fourteen long years that the first plans of the NMMC HQ was floated by NMMC on the same plot in Koperkhairane where one can see the Reliance Beverly Park. After the bhumipujan in 1995, NMMC gave the reason of the dumping ground being close to the plot and rejected the plot. Finally it was under the headship of first Mayor Dr. Sanjeev Naik, that the NMMC HQ plot was zeroed at the Belapur site but jinx plagued the project due to technical hitches and environment clearances. However, all problems were taken up head on by NMMC until finally the bid to construct the HQ was re-tendered and awarded to Ashwini Infra-development Engineer and Contractors Pvt. Ltd. The latter bid the lowest for constructing the project that is Rs. 89 Crore 99 Lacs 47 Thousand 670. With the construction on the site already in full swing, we met the architects of this iconic structure of the city, Hiten Sethi and Associates. The CEO of the company, Hiten Sethi while speaking to NMTV News said that corporation buildings are more of a pride for a city. This particular structure took four attempts but it is finally underway. Hiten Sethi and Associates have tried to make this an architectural building with domes and pillars becoming a major part of its construction. The building is being made with such minute detail so that it can be become a maintenance free structure. The building is being built on many energy saving methods and some of the features of the structure would include underground basements with 300-400 car parks, its own STP plant and even an artificial waterfall at the back of the building. Speaking on this iconic structure, NMMC Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik, who is credited for pushing the project for a take off, said that there was a need for centralization of the various departments of NMMC, which would be achieved through this structure. While the building took time to get underway, the construction had already started. A unique factor of this building is that it would be an eco-friendly structure. The construction is in full swing with the raft of the basements fitted and Hiten Sethi says that in another 18 months the structure would be complete. Someone has very rightly said that patience is always rewarded, For over a decade, the corporators and officials of NMMC were waiting to have their own headquarters and as the work begins in full force at the site, looks like the wait is soon going to be over that too in style. For the project promises to not just be an iconic structure and a marvel of a landmark, but the NMMC Headquarters promise to be a civic wonder like no municipal corporation in the country. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.
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