As part of its beautification plan for the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will be sprucing up a seven-acre space near the Veravali water reservoir in Andheri East. An acre will be developed into a garden with free access for citizens and the rest of the space will see an excessive tree-plantation exercise.
Senior civic officials said the project will be completed in 18 months. A senior civic official from the hydraulic department of BMC said that they have recently invited bids for the project, the cost of which is estimated to be around Rs2.25 crore.
Currently, the area is just a vacant land, which civic officials say if developed, can be utilised as a space for rejuvenation in the congested city.
For plantation, the civic body is also looking at growing indigenous species, officials said.
Sanjay Mukherjee, additional municipal commissioner, spearheading the project said, “We are undertaking various beautification projects this year. The idea behind the exercise is to provide some recreational space for citizens as currently there are hardly any local areas where people can spend their leisure hours.”
In the next few months, BMC is set to roll out an array of beautification projects for the city. These include sprucing up the Juhu, Gorai and Dadar beaches. The lighting in these beaches will be enhanced, the area will be well maintained, so as to turn these places into major tourist hubs. The facelift for the city’s shoreline will cost the BMC around Rs50 crore, senior civic officials said.
Most of the projects are set to be undertaken by the end of this financial year, sources said.
Apart from this, BMC is also intending to enhance the city’s forts, mainly the Bandra and Worli forts. Recently, the H/West ward called for citizen ideas on restoring the iconic Bandra Fort. The restoration designs will also be open to suggestions and objections from citizens soon. The plans to enhance these heritage spots have also been sent to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).