Utility and Essential Services of AlibagThe term, ‘Utility Service’ have become a very critical term in our everyday life. Public utility services have become vital for the residents of any place with modernization and population growth.. Alibag had grown over time from a small historic coastal town to a popular tourist destination.
Along with tourism boom the economy of the place has also got benefited from the industrialization that had happened post 90s. The state government along with Alibag Municipal Council have helped the residents of this town with the daily utilities which include, well maintained roads, safe drinking water supply, emergency services, modern medical facilities, 24 hours pharmacies, sanitation system and bank branches with ATMs. Thus the standard of essential services has remained pretty strong in Alibag town.
Banking Services in AlibagBanks are probably one of the most important institutions for the economy of any place. Banking operations are one of the prime services and privileges any resident should get. The development of a place can be determined by the extent of penetration of this service. There are many nationalized fully operational bank branches present in Alibag town.
Most of these branches have their own ATMs beside them, to help locals as well as tourists with emergency cash. Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, State Bank of India, Union Bank of India, Bank of Baroda etc are some of the nationalised banks operating in Alibag town.
One can find co-operative bank branches over here to assist the rural and village poor with various saving options. These banks act as a deterrent towards the chit fund money laundering policies. Since Alibag has become a place for many city residents who have relocated to enjoy the nature, many private banking players have also come up with full functional bank branches for the residents of Alibag. These banks include, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank and IDBI Bank to name a few.
Healthcare Services in AlibagTill early 90s, there was almost no good healthcare facilities present in Alibag other than the Government Civil Hospital. With passage of time and urbanization peeking in, the state government along with various local district administrative bodies have come up with Maharashtra Medical Service scheme. Medical officers are being appointed from various medical colleges through this program and they have to serve a certain time of their career in rural dispensaries. There are many other government aided dispensaries scattered in various parts of Alibag offering cheap and at times free medical services to the locals of the town.
Many private nursing homes and hospitals are being in the region with advanced medical techniques and specialized doctors. Pathological centres have been built to diagnose patients with their ailments. Dr Saroj Tamboli Memorial Hospital, Dr. Tiwari Hospital, Modern Nursing Home, Anandi Maternity & Child Hospital etc. are some of the reputed health institutions of Alibag. Ayurvedic treatment has also gained importance in this region with many clinics cropping up to help people who have an aversion for allopathy. For people interested in maintenance of a regular healthy life, many good multi gymnasiums are present in the town with modern amenities.
Transport Services in AlibagThe Alibag town is very well connected with other parts of Maharashtra by roads, rail, waterways and airways. The town is just about 95.4kms from Mumbai city and 142.5kms from Pune and has a well laid network of roads. Alibag can be reached by taking the Mumbai Highway via Pen or Mumbai-Goa highway (NH-17) till Wadkhal and then through local road to Alibag. These roads are perfect for tourists who enjoy long car journeys. For others there is the option of state transport buses, both AC and non-AC which are constantly shuttling between Borivali, Thane, Kalyan, Pune, Kolhapur, Miraj, Nashik and Alibag. Many car rental companies are also in operation to provide comfortable chauffer driven car rides, at the rate of Rs 11.50 to Rs 16.00 per kilo meter.
Tourists who like to avoid the strain of long car and bus journeys can opt for train rides till Panvel Station (65 kilo meters from Alibag) or Khandala Station (70 kilo meters from Alibag) and take local taxis or auto rickshaws from there. The traveling cost will get reduced along with the commuting time.
Another interesting way is the waterway route. Many ferries travel everyday from Gateway of India, Mumbai and Ferry Wharf, take a 45 mins journey through the Catamaran Sea and reach Mandwa. This is the nearest jetty, from where regular buses are available to the town centre.
Other major services and utilities in Alibag
Fire Services in AlibagAlibag falls under the fire services of Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and is directly controlled by the Mumbai Fire Station. There are two fire brigades present in the town, one under the Rashtriya Chemical & Fertilizer (RCF) plant and the other under Alibag Nagar Parishad. These two are being provided to mitigate any disaster within the town.
Postal Services in AlibagAlibag town has the head post office of the entire Raigad district. This office helps in letter despatch and other important postal activities. The post boxes get cleared every day, excepting Sundays. Few private courier services are also present like Blue Dart Express Ltd, The Professional Couriers etc. who also provide professional postal services to the Alibag people.
Packers and Moving Services in AlibagWith Alibag’s industrial upliftment through new plant setup in the area, many new employment opportunities have come up. This in turn has attracted people from various parts of India to this place. New colonies and residential areas have come up with time. To make this movement hassle free, more and more logistics firms are setting up business to help in the movement and resettlement of people. Few reliable packers and movers companies of Alibag are; Keshav Packers and Movers, Piyush International Packers and Movers, HCL Packers and Movers, Harjit Packers & Logistics Pvt. Ltd.
Municipality Services in AlibagSince 1864, Alibag had got its own Municipal Council who is with a mission to make this coastal town better for residents and tourists. The council has a 15 member committee who are working towards supply of safe drinking water, standard sanitation system, clean and well maintained roads and regular garbage disposal from the town. various poverty eradication programs have been initiated, whereby various employment schemes are being pushed. Education has also been given a lot of importance by the council. Government Civil Hospital, Burial ground and schools are some of the example of efficient municipal council of the town.
Media Services in AlibagMedia presence in any parts of the country has become very important, as it enlightens the locals of any place with the current affairs and any social activity. Alibag has got two local newspapers namely, “Raigad Times” and “Dainik Krushival” which are in constant circulation inside the town. Both these papers have their own websites which are, ‘www.raigadtimes.co.in’ and ‘www.krushival.in’, where these papers have started their e-paper sections. All the leading English daily are also available in different local shops.
Telephone Services in AlibagAlibag has its own telephone exchange building at the town centre. This exchange is under BSNL of Maharashtra Telecom Circle. With telephone connection this exchange is also to offer high speed internet services to almost the entire town. The town is dotted with PCO and STD booths. Few private players like Vodafone, Airtel and Idea have set up their mini stores and kiosks with services like, new phone connections, DTH and Broadband for the locals. Hence connectivity is not a problem when you are in Alibag.
Shopping & Eateries in AlibagAlibag is the ‘mini Goa’ for weekend tourists with nature surrounding you. Due to lack of commercialization this place has not grown to be a shopper’s paradise. Small market places selling local items like wooden furniture, leather items and junk jewellery dominate the place. Raigadi Bazaar is probably the largest shopping area of the region where one can get local souvenirs, fresh vegetables and varieties of sea fish.
With stronger tourism sector of the region, many eateries small and big have come up to savour the taste buds of the tourists. It is best to try out the local cuisine of the place which includes varieties of fish, prawn, bombay duck and crab fries and curries. Due to influx of tourists from different parts of India, many new eateries have come up which serve different cuisine specialty. Sanman Restaurant, Aparanta Restaurant, Dattaraj, Sai Vatika Restaurant etc. are some of the must visit eateries of the town. Now in Alibag one can find good coffee shops and bakeries to attract young crowd. There are even some standard wine shops to entertain the tourists who are on a leisure trip.
Other than these Alibag has all the daily household utility services without which life would be difficult. These are Cable TV operators, Computer Repair shops, Cooking Gas agencies, Laundry services, Carpenters, Plumbers etc.
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