After attempts at transforming Mumbai into Shanghai, the state government is now looking at changing Andheri into Manhattan.
The government has selected a five-sq km area in Andheri and is hoping to turn it into a model city, with the best of infrastructure and uninterrupted water and power supply, at par with the standards of developed nations.
“We are looking at turning this stretch into an area with the best infrastructure in the city. Our plan is to covert this area, making it similar to Manhattan,” said a senior government official.
The plan to select two city neighbourhoods — Nariman Point and Andheri — was mooted by Singapore firm Surbana International, which is drawing up a concept plan for the city.
The Steering Committee on Thursday discussed the plan in a meeting attended by Metropolitan Commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad, Mumbai Transformation Support Unit’s U.P.S. Madana and other senior government officials.
According to initial plans, officials are looking at the area around JP Road, where the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar and the Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd Metro lines converge. Development of the area would be based on parameters such as infrastructure, recreation, water supply, hospitals and heritage conservation.