Marine Drive will soon don a new look. The Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) has cleared a proposal to put up street furniture on Marine Drive.
With this proposal getting cleared, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) can begin work on its pilot project on the heritage precinct.
The BMC will put up street lights, litter bins, information kiosks, benches, bollard lights among other things. The project has been awarded to a company called Clear Channel.
“We have cleared the proposal, but have asked the civic body to decrease the height of the kiosks to maintain uniformity,” said MHCC chairman, Dinesh Afzulpurkar.
The civic body has planned two pilot projects, the other one being at Bandra-Kurla Complex.
From newspaper stands, to maps giving directions to famous locations, signage and toilets with automatic flushing systems, the Marine Drive project will set an example for the rest of the city.
Six companies have been given the contract for making custom-made designs for furniture and signage to be used in the six remaining zones of Mumbai. “There will be a phone booth at every 200m stretch and a toilet every 500m ,” said a member of the MHCC.