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Intl consultants for city’s makeover

International consultants known for development of cities like Chengdu (China), Al Khiran Pearl city (Kuwait) and some townships in Indonesia, are interested in preparing a concept plan for development of Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).

mumbai Updated: Oct 29, 2009 01:53 IST
Shashank Rao

International consultants known for development of cities like Chengdu (China), Al Khiran Pearl city (Kuwait) and some townships in Indonesia, are interested in preparing a concept plan for development of Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).

Four international consultants — UK-based Buro Happold, Surbana in Singapore, Groupe SCE from France and Lea Associates, Canada — have submitted their bids for the Concept Plan 2052 being prepared by the Mumbai Transformation Support Unit (MTSU), the state government’s think-tank on makeover of Mumbai.

Estimated at Rs 75,000 crore, the plan would include a blueprint on overall development of 4,355 square km of MMR that includes Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan and some other areas. The population of the MMR is 20 million and estimated to be 34 million by 2031.

MTSU will open financial bids on November 4 that has been submitted by these consultants. They will then prepare the ‘Concept Plan 2052’ in a year’s time.

All these four consultants have experience in preparing plans that suit a coastal city. Buro Happold has designed Al Khiran Pearl city adjacent to Arabian Gulf coastline in Kuwait. Singapore based Surbana has designed townships in Indonesia and LEA Associates have prepared a comprehensive Master Plan 2031 for Mumbai and MMR.

Apart from focusing on the coastal line, the plan will aim at optimising distribution of economic activities and create housing in conjunction with different modes of transport and infrastructure.

UPS Madan, Project Director, MTSU said, “The Concept Plan would include beautification and use of coastline in a proper manner.”

The plan will also aim at reviving water transport that got shelved due to high costs for private operators.

“The government should look at cities like Singapore where they have water transport throughout the year, unlike here where the reason given for its failure was the inability to ply during monsoon,” said V Mahajan, former CEO of Bombay First that was also part of this plan. “This would be a plan which no government can change once it has been approved,” added Mahajan from Bombay First.