The four-day property exhibition by Credai-Builders’ Association of Navi Mumbai (BANM) and Global Kokan Festival ended on Tuesday on a grand note. In all, more than 6 lakh people visited the expo, to catch a glimpse of the rich culture of the Konkan belt and to enquire about the properties on display.
This is the first time that Credai-BANM and Kokan Bhumi Pratisthan teamed up for an event.
Speaking on the occasion, Thane guardian minister, Ganesh Naik, appealed to the natives of Konkan to not sell their lands and develop businesses and agriculture on their property, instead.
He assured the gathering that all efforts will be made to get government help to boost tourism and water transport in this region. “People from the Konkan belt should come together and establish business ventures. Such festivals provide a strong platform to the people of this region, and will also help the planned development of Konkan in the years to come,” Naik said.
Sanjay Yadavrao, president of Kokan Bhumi Pratisthan, requested minister Naik to provide plot for construction of the Konkan Samajik Bhavan in Navi Mumbai. The state government has allocated a sum of Rs50 crore for the development of Konkan. “To develop Konkan on the lines of Kerala, the state government has allocated Rs50 crore. Accordingly, 22 villages in Konkan will be developed. After the winter session of the state legislature, the amount shall be handed over to the rural development department,” said Yadavrao.
“Housing projects from Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg districts, too, were on display at the exhibition. However, there were lot of enquiries about projects in Ulwe, Dronagiri, Roadpali, and in the periphery areas of Panvel,” said Dharmendra Karia, convenor of the exhibition.
Another developer said, “Normally, people visit such exhibitions to take a stock of the properties of display, rates and paperwork. It takes around two months to convert these enquiries into sales.”