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Soon, Bandra promenade to get smoother, better

After fixing 350-m of the promenade at a cost of Rs1.7 crore, the MMB has set aside Rs4.75 crore for the new retaining wall and tiling work on the entire promenade.

mumbai Updated: Feb 12, 2018 23:31 IST
Geetanjali Gurlhosur
Geetanjali Gurlhosur
Hindustan Times
Mumbai,Bandra,Carter Road
After fixing 350-m of the promenade at a cost of Rs1.7 crore, the MMB has set aside Rs4.75 crore for the new retaining wall and tiling work on the entire promenade. (FILE)

Expect to see a lot of repair and beautification work at Bandra’s Carter Road promenade from next month. The Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB), which is in charge of ports, coasts and harbours, plans to give the 1,300-m promenade a new look.

According to an MMB official, the promenade will get new triangular paver blocks, as recommended by architect PK Das’ consultancy. “The plan includes strengthening the promenade with a new retaining wall and fixing dilapidated parts. The tender will be floated soon,” said the official.

After meeting with MMB officials and local residents on January 30, MLA Ashish Shelar said the work is expected to begin by March 15. He said the work on building the retaining or protecting wall at sea face will be completed before the monsoon and the entire beautification work by November.

After fixing 350-m of the promenade at a cost of Rs1.7 crore, the MMB has set aside Rs4.75 crore for the new retaining wall and tiling work on the entire promenade.

The former contractor had approached the Bombay high court (HC) after being blacklisted for incomplete work. After missing the September 29 deadline, the company, Unitech Construction, finally completed the assigned work in January. Ravi Shetye, a representative of the company, said, “We completed the work in 4 weeks although the Court had given us six weeks. We will be bidding for the new tender as well.”

Bandra resident Anthony D’souza said, “The former contractor’s improper tiling and incomplete work left residents hassles. I hope the new work is completed in time.”

BOX: ON THE CARDS

Bandra’s first yoga park, which was supposed to be ready to use on January 26, will finally be completed by March-end

According to architect Anbusivan Ranganathan, 70% of the work has been completed. “The civil work is almost completed. We are left with the landscaping now.”

The open space at Bandra Reclamation will have posters and scupltures of different yoga positions on the embankment wall

It will also have vertical greenery, a stormwater drain and a set-up to harvest rainwater.

First Published: Feb 12, 2018 23:31 IST