Mumbai: The Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) has conducted a study to find out possible development options and planned several infrastructure developments in Bhiwandi Surrounding Notified Area (BSNA) and also its nearby villages.
On March 17, 2007, the MMRDA was appointed as the ‘Special Planning Authority’ (SPA) under Sub Section (1) of Section 40 of the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act, 1966. This was for the development of the area of at least 60 villages known as Bhiwandi Surrounding Notified Area (BSNA), in Bhiwandi Taluka of Thane district.
“These 60 villages form part of the Regional Plan (RP) for Mumbai Metropolitan Region sanctioned in 1999 and the notified area surrounding the Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation,” said an MMRDA official. “The study revealed that BSNA is marked by terrain dotted with hills, ridges, forests, inland water bodies and creeks,” added the official.
The topography of BSNA is uneven and the water supply pipelines in the area are one of the most important man-made features supplying water to the area in addition to Thane and Mumbai. However, the officials said these also pose as a hindrance for a multi-directional development of the area.
“The relief analysis reveals that about half of BSNA (49%) falls under a low-lying area. The area along the Ulhas and Kamvadi Rivers near Kalyan are prone to floods. The drainage conditions of the region are poor and the drainage system is being divided into four zones namely northwest, southeast, northeast and southwest of the area,” added the official.
The officials also analysed the temperature of the area which was found to be having humid tropical climate which received at least 400-800 millimetres of annual rainfall. The relative humidity varied from 47 percent to 88 percent in the region. The area is located to the east of Sahyadri mountain ranges which forms a part of the North Konkan region of Maharashtra.
“It is surrounded by two metropolitan settlements namely Thane (Administrative Headquarter) and Kalyan. The BSNA has good connectivity with the surrounding settlements through National Highways and State Highways crisscrossing the area,” added the official. The officials said the southwestern part of BSNA is connected by rail link between Diva on the Central Railway and Vasai on the Western Railway.