By June, jog along the Mithi
By June, you can jog on a Korean carpet lawn under the shade of coconut and betel nut trees on a 900-metre green stretch along the Mithi river at the Bandra-Kurla Complex.
This is part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority’s (MMRDA) ambitious Rs 105-crore Mithi Beautification Programme along the river’s 11 km stretch.
“The Mithi beautification is a high priority project and we are taking all possible measures to ensure that the Mithi regains its lost glory and grandeur,” said Metropolitan Commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad.
While work on 500 metres of the stretch located behind the MMRDA office is complete and the remaining 400 metres will be finished by June.
The walking and jogging track is being covered with Korean carpet lawn and the riverbank lined with coconut, betel nut, Ficus Benjamina and Plumeria Alba trees.
Creating this 900-metre green stretch cost the MMRDA Rs 9.8 crore.
The MMRDA has also constructed a retaining wall called the Gabion Wall.
This wall is made of rocks held together with the help of a wire mesh.
There is minimal use of steel and almost no concrete used in such structures.
Next, the MMRDA will take up the beautification of a 1.5-km stretch from the Ambani International School to G-Block at the Bandra-Kurla Complex at a cost of Rs 10 crore.
The MMRDA hopes to complete the Mithi makeover by 2011.