Sunday, September 19, 2010

Green Hope’s eco initiative draws huge response

DNA Correspondent.

The drawing competitions organised by NGO Green Hope to spread awareness amongst public about issues pertaining to environment conservation has received a big response from the residents of the satellite city. For the drawing and writing competitions it has received 1,547 entries over a period of two weeks

For the drawing category competitions, three experts including calligrapher Achyut Palav have been appointed as judges. “For the writing competitions, two experts in Language subjects are appointed as judges,” an official from the organizations said requesting not to be named.

This year events based on the lines of Clean and Green Navi Mumbai’, Green Hope expects to spread awareness about environment-related issues to maximum city residents.

“To give people from the satellite city a chance to participate in the environment-related activities in maximum numbers, the NGO has organised drawing competitions besides tree plantation and cleanliness drives. This will ensure people will have an option of registering their participation in whichever category they want to even as we try to spread messages about being environment-friendly to as many people as possible,” he said.

The official informed that in its activities organised so far this year, the NGO is association with several city schools and colleges, has planted tress at word-level and industrial areas. “ In the tree plantation drive, students of several educational institutes have taken part,” he said.

The organization claims to have successfully planted three lakh trees (two lakh in 2009 and on lakh in 2008) in and around the satellite city and I the industrial zones.

The NGO also deals with issues like empowering men involved in substance abuse and reform their lives.

…even as MlA Brother Takes up common man’s causes locally!

Sandeep Naik resolves issues related to MSEDC

Taking serious note of various problems faced by residents of Airoli and Ghansoli, MLA Sandeep Naik has stepped in to get the same resolved as early as possible. Residents of the area have complained about several problems being faced due to open distribution point (DP) boxes, damaged overhead cables and disproportionate electricity bills. Following the complaints, Naik called on senior officials at Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDC) to discuss the issues.

“The meeting was held to solve the problems as early as possible. The anti-social elements are taking advantage of load shedding in the area. There has been a steep increase in the cases of chain snatching and other petty crimes during power cuts. Moreover, open DPs and dangerously hanging power cables have increased risk of fatal accidents,” Naik said.

He added that all the complaints of residents about dangerously in stalled transformers, open sub-station and defunct street lights in MIDC area would soon be attended to. It has been decided to hold monthly meetings of people’s representatives, MSEDC officials and general public to review situation.

According to MSEDC Superintending Engineer Dinesh Saboo, “The functioning of the company is affected due to staff crunch, scarcity of funds and long pending demands to create new sub-stations and sub-division.” Naik suggested that the company should priorities the work and use the fund of Rs 205 crore allotted to the department by state government.

Naik also suggested the officials to hold division wise meetings with general public to attend complaints, to form a coordination committee comprising company officials and residents, repair the open distribution points immediately and to convert overhead cobles into underground. “The civic authorities have started the work of underground cables on war footing, But the cooperation form MSEDC is not as desired. The officials from MSEDC is not as desired. The officials from NMMC, CIDCO and MIDC would be deputed on the work to expedite it,” Naik Said.

Saboo said the company would spend Rs 25 Crore on the replacement of old power cables in the city. The work on underground power cables has already started at Airoli, Vashi gaon, Koparkhairane and Nerul which will be completed in six months. “The total cost of the project is Rs 211 crore. The civic body will bare the cost of conversion while MSEDC will bare the cost of repairs,” Saboo said.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Navi Mumbai Yacht Club With Be Trendsetter - Says President Of The Club Mla Sandeep Naik


The Tendulkars, Kartikeyans, Sanias and Sainas have become sports icons that have boosted sports in India like never before. But there still are a few sports where we are yet to make a mark and water sports is one of them. The main reason for this is that there is no infrastructure of facilities available for aspiring sailors to learn this sport. However, this week Navi Mumbai became the first among neighboring cities Mumbai, Thane and Raigad to start its own Yacht Club. The club will aim training sailing enthusiasts for international level sports like Olympics.

Water sports are one of the most exciting forms of sports around the world. It’s one sport that seems to be celebrating the bounties of nature like water resources. However, to make a world class player in the sport, there is more than just a beautiful coast that you need – excellent infrastructure, equipments and professional training are the other requisites to name a few. Not to forget it involves a whole lot of investment as well. The intricacies of promoting the sports are that; there are no yacht clubs in this region to make training in water sports available for sailing enthusiasts. It is here that Navi Mumbai has become “a first again” by beginning the “Navi Mumbai Yacht Club” – a venture of Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik’s vision and his younger son MLA Sandeep Naik’s efforts. Our curiosity to find out more about the club landed us early morning on a boat with MLA Sandeep Naik – who perhaps, you don’t know, is a skilled sailor himself ! After the adventurous hi-speed trip in the sea area, we sat up for an exclusive chat with the young MLA.

The advantage for Navi Mumbai is that it has a beautiful coast. Unfortunately it has not been utilized to promote water sports yet. The founders of Navi Mumbai Yacht Club – Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik and MLA Sandeep Naik want to train the youth of the Agri and Koli community in the sports because these communities are completely cut out for water sports at the root level.

The Navi Mumbai Yacht Club has taken Malav Shroff as coach – the only Indian to represent India in Olympics in this sport in Athen 2004. The training of Malav Shroff clubbed with world class infrastructure will definitely create players who will represent India in Olympics, says MLA Sandeep Naik. What’s more? The Navi Mumbai Yacht Club will also give financial backing where needed to those having the skills and talents in water sports. Students from not only Navi Mumbai but Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and other nearby cities too will be invited to be a part of the club. Besides this, three training camps in a year and a spate of boats and yachts are sure to make Navi Mumbai an attractive and popular destination for sailing enthusiasts from all over the country. MLA Sandeep Naik believes; like all the other Navi Mumbai patterns that are being replicated by neighboring cities, the Navi Mumbai Yacht Club pattern too will be replicated from regional to the national level.

Well, when you have the vision of Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik working and MLA Sandeep Naik executing, there’s no doubt that the Navi Mumbai Yacht Club will become Navi Mumbai’s pride and other cities envy.