Mumbai’s Mahim beach to get a facelift, to reflect Koli culture
The BMC is drawing up a theme-based beautification plan for the Mahim beach —including landscaping, setting up gardens and play areas for children, and open air gymnasiums — all in sync with the Koli culture that the beach is popular for.mumbai Updated: Aug 20, 2018 11:57 IST
If all goes according to plan, you will be able to see the Mahim beach in a new avatar by the year-end.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is drawing up a theme-based beautification plan for the beach —including landscaping, setting up gardens and play areas for children, and open air gymnasiums — all in sync with the Koli culture that the beach is popular for. The beach is located in the Koliwada area in Mahim, with its small boats and buzzing life.
Additional municipal commissioner Sanjay Mukherjee who is in-charge of the project said, “The beautification theme for this beach is aimed at preserving the culture of the Koli community. We also want to maintain a heritage look in the area, so a retaining wall will be built along the lines of the Mahim fort, in the same black masonry stone.”
The main features of the proposed beach makeover will be beautification of the Koliwada area around Mahim beach, renovation of the watchtower at the beach, an open deck facing the sea and restructuring of an old boat for public view. Mukherjee said, “A colourful boat will be decorated to encourage the Koli culture. A shed will be restored nearby with an area for the Koli community to repair fishing boats and nets.”
This facelift is part of BMC’s plan to beautify other public beaches in the city, such as Dadar beach and Girgaum Chowpatty.
The project will be taken up in two phases. Phase 1, costing Rs 1.36 crore, is at the tendering stage, and will be completed in six months. It will involve cleaning up and beautifying the Koliwada area.
There will also be benches and sit-outs for tourists; palm trees and flower beds as part of landscaping; play area for children; and amenities such as public toilets, light poles, and concrete pathways.
Work on phase 2 will start after the beach, which falls in the coastal regulation zone, gets clearance. Phase 2 will include construction of a public pay and park lot, retaining wall between the beach and the street, and landscaping and beautification.
First Published: Aug 20, 2018 11:57 IST