The Mumbai Esplanade project, which aims to reclaim open space from Churchgate to CST and further to Nariman Point and create a pedestrian walkway, inched closer to getting the state’s clearance.
The project concept was given a thumbs-up by the state’s empowered committee on Mumbai makeover led by chief secretary Ratnakar Gaikwad.
Gaikwad on Saturday asked the public works department and the traffic police to undertake a ground study to assess technical feasibility of the project.
“The concept has been well worked out. The concerns were how traffic will be managed later and dispersal of traffic while the project is underway,” said Narinder Nayar, chairman of Bombay First and member of the committee. State government officials, with Mumbai Transformation Support Unit (MTSU), will discuss the plan with Brinda Somaya, managing director, Somaya and Kalappa consultants, an architecture firm that detailed the concept.
Currently, an exhibition of the ‘Esplanade Project’ has been put up for public consensus from November 18 to November 20th at Horniman Circle.
The project will create short underpasses for cars at busy crossings, reclaiming roads for a pedestrian plaza, indirectly connecting the three big maidans in south Mumbai and creating 51 acres of public open space.
“The state has been looking at connecting Churchgate to Flora Fountain and CST for sometime along with joining of the existing maidans here,” said a government official and member of the committee.
“I support the idea but to promote pedestrianism, we should try and curb the number of vehicles on the roads and charge a fee for entering the business district. The project may accentuate parking problem,’’ said Ashok Datar, transport expert.