Citizens to be roped in for revamping public spaces in Mumbai

  • Riddhi Doshi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Nov 20, 2014 22:22 IST

Two public spaces, one each in Powai and Borivli, are set for a citizen-driven revamp next week. And the best part is, you too can be part of this.

Mumbai-based thinktank Urban Vision (UV) has got the approval from the municipal corporation and the builders to beautify the plots, in collaboration with artists and citizens.

UV is inviting Mumbaiites to help 30 painters, sculptors and street artists revamp the 20,000-sq-ft area in Powai and a 3,000-sq-ft area in Borivli, as part of a project titled Re-Making Our Public Spaces.

The Borivli plot, a Rivali Developers construction along the Western Express Highway, will be converted into a wishing plaza. People can tweet their suggestions using the hashtag #ReMakeBBY and artists will translate them into drawings or graffiti.

(Photo credit: The Urban Vision)

In Powai, the thinktank will convert a Hiranandani Gardens parking space and scrapyard into a Plaza of Joy, complete with an art gallery, which will display paintings and sculptures by Haribabu Natesan and Sandeep Sutar, among others.

“Natesan will be creating his sculpture from the scrap currently dumped at the site,” says Aditi Nargundkar Pathak, director of UV.

The revamp will be conducted from November 24 to 27. Artists and citizens will clean the spaces, paint the walls, pavements and footpaths and beautify them.

“With this initiative, we want people to know it’s easy to beautify privately-owned public spaces,” says Harjith Bubber, CEO and MD of CCI Projects, the developers of Rivali Park.

Prathima Manohar, founder and director of UV, said, “The idea for this stems from what is called tactical urbanism, where citizens reclaim a space in their neighbourhood to make it more habitable. We want to people to know it is not that hard to turn an unused space into a beautiful one. All we need is some creative energy.”

(Photo credit: The Urban Vision)

WHAT: Re-Making Our Public Spaces

WHERE: Powai and Borivli

WHEN: November 24 to 27, 9am to 7pm

To register as a volunteer, go to

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