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Incredible though it may seem, Mumbai ( rather Navi Mumbai ) boasts of a magnificent natural spectacle, in middle of this bustling mega city……. a 100 m high waterfall……

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Located in Kharghar,   this massive sprout of fresh monsoon water drops vertically from the high rugged cliffs of Kharghar Hills, in the middle of  this modern suburb blessed with unique natural beauty.

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Unknown to many, Pandav Kada Waterfalls are one of its kind in this part of the region. This massive sheet of water falls vertically in to a large green bliss, near the golf club and Central Park of Kharghar.

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Padav Kada Waterfalls have now become a major attraction for locals and visitors flocking it during monsoon. Along with the Flamingo’s ,  Kharghar Hills and Central Park, Padav Kada Waterfalls are the jems of natural landscape of Navi Mumbai.

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Emerging Opportunities

Paradoxically, India’s biggest challenges offer greatest of opportunities . Apart from agriculture & rural sector,  urban development and infrastructure sector provides the largest scale & scope for  employment generation and socio-economic transformation.

While we debate on the approaches and priorities of urban development, this nation of more than 500 towns & cities with more than 1,00,000 residents, awaits swift organised action for creation of  requisite infrastructure to provide liveable  conditions, sustainable environment and basic services to its residents.

Never in its past has India ever witnessed   transformation on such massive scale in its towns & cities. While  demand for traditional  urban infrastructure like  housing, roads, water supply and other utilities , etc continues to grow, its the increasing demand for  new, complex , higher order infrastructure like metro rail, airports, multimodal transit hubs, ports, etc that has multiplied opportunities for investment and employment.

Amravati : A Floundering Dream

One of the most ambitious  projects in post independence era , creation of Amravati – new capital city for Andhra Pradesh located on  banks of Krishana river, south of Vijayawada is turning out to be a saga of  floundering dream.

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More than ten times larger than Chandigarh, the last great city built in independent India, creation of Amravati should have  been demonstration of India’s technical, economic and management capabilities in 21st century. However the enthusiasm & effort has progressed into creation of a  monument, instead of a contemporary liveable city reflecting democratic values and  civic aspirations of common people.

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Spread over almost 35,000 hectares of fertile, irrigated land along  banks of Krishna river, this mammoth enterprise is a classic example of misplaced priorities with focus more on creation of  exotic visual  imagery , monumental architectural forms  at the expense of comprehensive understanding & planning of key socio-economic, environmental and physical  needs of people and the place.   Bereft of any relationship with  its socio-cultural or  environmental context and economic realities, plan for the new capital is  a assortment of seductive visual impressions of synthetic architectural envelope.

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Cities  are not built in day, nor can they be planned in year.  Regardless of  noteworthy commitment and effort exhibited by concerned authorities, creation of Amravati so far has been a case of passion without purpose, and effort without vision.  Unless addressed urgently, Amravati may soon become yet another misadventure and a medium for political glorification. With little relevance to the context and short on content, the fundamental issues of  creating  a vast green field city are just starting to emerge.  History repeats itself , but unfortunately  in India it does so with greater frequency.

 

V.S.Gaitonde 

One of India’s greatest artist, this reclusive painter created masterpieces of “modern” Indian paintings , away from the limelight and glory his contemporaries sought. Born in Nagpur, VS Gaitonde started his work in Mumbai and eventually settled in Delhi. 

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His unique , abstract , graceful  works influenced by his affinity towards Buddhism, are powerful visual and spiritual statements exhibiting  mystic, spiritual minimalist opulence .

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