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Converting octroi nakas into commercial hubs: BMC seeks inputs from hoteliers | Mumbai News

TAKING A step towards building commercial hubs on the defunct Octroi Naka land parcels of Dahisar and Mankhurd in suburban Mumbai, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Saturday has asked for suggestions from hoteliers, auditorium and convention center operators towards making this project operational.

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Mumbai had large parcel of lands that were called as Check Nakas. The civic body would collect heavy duty tax from vehicles entering or exiting the city through these nakas in the form of Octroi tax. However, after the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was introduced in 2017, the Octroi Tax was abolished and since then these land parcels have been lying vacant.

The Mankhurd Naka is spread across 29,774 square meters, while the Dahisar Naka is 18,869 square meter.
“We have asked members from hospitality sector to give their input towards framing the basic infrastructure of the section that would cater to the passengers which would include the restaurants and accommodation facilities,” P. Velrasu, Additional Municipal Commissioner (Projects) said. He added that the project is in final stages and tenders for the same will be floated in one month. The cost of Dahisar and Mankhurd projetc has been pegged at Rd 992 crore and Rs 240 crore each.

There were five erstwhile nakas — two in Mulund and one each at Mankhurd, Dahisar and Airoli — and the total area of these nakas is around 43 acres. The primary reason behind choosing these two places is that all vehicles coming through Gujarat, Rajasthan, and north Indian side is to be terminated at Dahisar,while those from Pune, Goa, Karnataka would be terminated at Mankhurd

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