Though work on the much delayed promenade at Bandra Reclamation has finally begun, not all of it will be complete by deadline.
“We hope to complete work on the promenade by January 2011. Bigger parts of the project, such as the viewing tower, will be complete by June 2011,” said MSRDC chief engineer Sharad Sabnis.
The MSRDC’s plan to beautify the 1.25 km stretch from Mahim interchange to the Bandra Worli sea link approach road has been riddled with delays since its announcement in 2009. In April 2010, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) had picked DB Realty to undertake the Rs 7.8 crore beautification project.
The project included a 22 metre viewing tower called Sheesh Mahal, and a 1.25 km long, 40 metre wide promenade with murals depicting the seven eras of Mumbai’s history the Ashokan, the Silharas, the Chalukyas, the Mohammedans of Gujarat, the Portuguese and Marathas, British and the post Independence period.
Each deck will have a column, which will have a visual and textual description of that era and its history inscribed on steel plaques. DB Realty will pay MSRDC Rs 1 crore per annum for 15 years and maintain the site after completion.
The firm will be allowed put up its credit plaques along the stretch.