Mithi promenade: MMRDA looks to corporates, NGOs
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With its part in the Mithi river rejuvenation project nearing completion, the city's development authority is focusing on giving the river a facelift and creating a promenade on the riverbank.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has invited proposals from corporates and NGOs to develop gardens and a promenade on the banks of the Mithi on a sponsorship basis and maintain the same for a year.
"As the entire promenade should look holistic, we had engaged a design consultant and prepared a design for landscaping and beautification of the river. We are now looking for community involvement in implementing that design and taking care of the maintenance," said an MMRDA official.
Nearly six kilometres of the Mithi river — from Mahim Causeway to CST Bridge — come under the jurisdiction of MMRDA. The MMRDA has beautified a small portion of this stretch from the beginning of the Bandra Kurla Complex up to the E block of the complex. A considerable portion of the remaining stretch is covered by mangroves leaving little scope for landscaping there, leaving about 1.5 km.
The MMRDA has invited proposals for the 1.5-km stretch broken down into ten packages. The total area to be landscaped is nearly 12 hectares.
The development authority has finished 86 per cent of the widening and deepening work of the Mithi river that falls under its jurisdiction, while the rest is being obstructed due to a delay in clearing encroachments.
In November last year, the MMRDA had invited proposals for creating small gardens in the underbellies of flyovers such as Lalbaug flyover, Sion Hospital flyover, Kings Circle flyover, Hindmata flyover, Kalanagar flyover, Amarmahal Junction flyover on the Eastern Express Highway, Evrard Nagar flyover on the Sion-Panvel highway, Turbhe flyover in Sanpada and Tin Hat Naka flyover in Thane.