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Cuffe Parde residents look to solar panels for savings

To protect the environment and cut their expenses on bills, Cuffe Parde residents have decided to install solar panels to generate electricity for the supply of water to their open space.“At present, we are using electricity at commercial rates for our open space with a monthly bill of Rs 15,000,” said Padmakar Nandekar, secretary general of the Cuffe Parade Residents Association.The move, according to residents, is to ensure that they contribute to the preservation of the environment, and make the most of the money they are spending without any benefits. “Cost is secondary to us. We are nature-friendly people and look to have a cleaner source of electricity. The panels will cost us around Rs 9 lakh. Now, the money we pay for our bills does not give us any returns. The input cost is high but in the long run, it will be cost-effective,” said Nandekar.The residents have been trying to adopt other environment-friendly measures such reducing the use of plastic bags and purchasing a plastic crushing machine. The drive for the same will start on December 10. They said that they have managed to get a sponsor and are waiting to start the work once the collector office gives them the extension for caretaker status to maintain the open space.The 1.85 lakh sqft open space has over 15,000 trees. “We are asking for caretaker status to be extended,” said Nandekar.
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DNA Impact: Collector demolishes slums in Cuffe Parade

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Tuesday, the City Collector’s anti-encroachment department demolished the alleged illegal slums in Cuffe Parade. The slums which had come up beside the Bayview Marina Garden were demolished completely amidst heavy police protection. The residents have applauded the action taken by the Collector.DNA has been repeatedly highlighting the issue of illegal slums and encroachments which have come up in the Cuffe Parade area.The Cuffe Parade Residents Association (CPRA) had also complained to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the Revenue Department about the encroachments near Bayview Marina Garden. They further stated that the four plots — 106,107,108 and 109 — on Block IV of Backbay Reclamation have been termed as green zone and belongs to the City Collector.Padmakar Nandekar, Secretary General, CPRA, said, “We have been consistently complaining to the state government about the encroachments on the government land and near the garden. The anti-encroachment department of the city Collector conducted the drive to demolish the illegal structures and have given relief to the Cuffe Parade residents.””We are waiting for the government to take a firm stand and demolish the illegal structures which have come up on the four government plots in the Backbay Reclamation area,” said Nandekar.A senior official from City Collectorate said, “So far we have demolished five structures.’

Slum squatters occupying Cuffe Parade

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meeting Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis earlier this week, Cuffe Parade residents pleaded him to take strict action against the slum mafia who are allegedly operating at the Backbay Reclamation area of the region.The development plan for the city has earmarked four plots as green zone, belonging to the government which has been allegedly encroached upon.The four plots 106,107,108 and 109 on the Block IV of Backbay Reclamation has been termed as green zone and belongs to the City Collector. These plots have been allegedly encroached upon by slum dwellers. On November 13, the Cuffe Parade Residents Association met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to request him to take action against the slum lords for encroaching upon the open spaces.”We fear that the slum mafias are slowly moving towards the Bayview Marina garden which also belongs to the City Collector,” said Padmakar Nandekar, Secretary General, CPRA.

CPRA asks to retain caretaker status

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Cuffe Parade Residents Association (CPRA) has written to the state revenue minister Chandrakant Patil demanding that they be given the caretaker status for maintaining a four-acre green patch of land belonging to the government.The CPRA had received caretaker status to maintain the Bayview Marina Garden in Cuffe Parade for five years which ended in 2012, and claims it has been spending Rs 50 lakh annually to maintain the garden. The CPRA says it has planted more than 5,000 trees in the garden and developed walking and jogging tracks and a lawn.”Previous city collectors had recommended to the state government in 2013 and 2015 to give us the garden’s caretaker status. We in turn ensured that the government land is not encroached upon. We developed a garden which is open to all. The caretaker status by the government will give us opportunities to develop it further and maintain the city’s greenery,” said Padmakar Nandekar, secretary general, CPRA.

Cuffe Parade residents plan green initiatives, embrace solar energy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Residents of south Mumbai are pushing for increasing the use of non-conventional sources of energy by installing solar panels and other means to produce green energy. The Cuffe Parade Residents Association (CPRA), in a first, have planned for a garden in a two-acre plot which will be operated only using green energy. To achieve this, the CPRA garden will be installed with solar panels and batteries.Apart from producing green energy, the residents are also attending workshops to spread awareness on creating clean sources of energy, and measures on how to reduce the unnecessary wastage of electricity. “The power generated from the solar energy panels will be used to water trees in the garden through sprinklers. This will help us save a lot of energy. Moreover, we will also use solar energy to illuminate street lights in the locality,” said Padmakar Nandekar, secretary general, CPRA. “We will also be promoting and urging residents to reduce the wastage of electricity so that we are able to wipe out our carbon footprints and help in protecting the environment,” added Nandekar.Moreover, the residents have also taken it upon themselves to use LED lights for all electricity purposes in their homes. “We ensure that the electricity consumption of our homes is less. With two to three rooms in a flat, we ensure that the electricity consumption is decreased. We have also asked the society’s committee members to spread awareness on how to use less electricity,” said a committee member of CPRA.The residents have also started adopting greener ways to recycle waste and are also planning to set up bio-gas plants if they get the space to implement it. The residents plan to set up small workshops for children and senior citizens to spread awareness about greener ways to survive and ensure that carbon emissions in to the atmosphere are reduced.“We believe in go green initiatives and we also ensure that we participate with government agencies to promote and execute the initiatives which will help the environment, leading to less pollution on this planet. It is the responsibility of every citizen to initiate greener ways to help keep the environment clean and green.”GREEN PLANSThe CPRA has planned to develop a garden on a two-acre plot which will be powered using green energy from solar panels. The residents are also attending workshops to spread awareness on creating clean sources of energy and measures on reducing electricity use.

Cuffe Parade residents plan an organic market once a week

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Cuffe Parade Residents Association (CPRA) is planning for an organic market for its residents and have decided to hold it once a week inside the posh buildings. The CPRA has 49 buildings with 4500 flats in both old and new Cuffe Parade and this will allow residents to purchase chemical free products easily.The CPRA will also involve the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for their support to promote organic products in the SoBo locality. The moving vans will have products such as fruits, colours, clothes, and cosmetics. A proper market will be set up at the open spaces every week and the residents will be informed about the products which will be directly supplied from farmers.”We are speaking to vendors about it and are hopeful that both the residents and farmers will get benefitted from this market. We will soon start the market initiative for the residents and will be catering to the 49 building residents,” said Padmakar Nandekar, Secretary General, CPRA.

South Mumbai to enjoy Garba night after 4 yrs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Residents of Cuffe Parade are set to groove on the tunes of Navratri this year. After a gap of four years, the Cuffe Parade Residents Association will celebrate ‘Navratri Dhamaka 2017’ on September 29.”The idea behind this celebration is to create bonding among the residents,” said Padmakar Nandekar, secretary general of CPRA.The residents have invited singers including Kavitha Murthy, Dr. Rahul Joshi. The two Gujarati singers are yet to give their confirmation. “To ensure that residents have a great experience, we are looking for a good sound system. Since there is nothing that happens in the area, people wanted this to happen,” said Nandekar.The event will be held at the World Trade Centre Hall in Cuffe Parade.”We used to have the Navratri celebration in our Bay View Marina garden but some people took objection. So, this time we have decided to shift the venue to WTC hall which is also air conditioned,” said Sulakshna Chowghule, senior vice president of the CPRA. The WTC hall which can occupy a moving crowd of 1,000 people is likely to be used by association, said Nandekar.”We will allow entry only through donor passes. Through this, we will also raise money for the activities of our association,” said Nandekar.

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