Mumbai's beloved Marine Drive set for a revamp

A three-member committee appointed by the High Court approved the plan to beautify Mumbai's famous spot

Mumbai's beloved Marine Drive set for a revamp

Life in Mumbai is not easy and we all are constantly in search of quiet places around the city for spending some moments of tranquillity and peace. Marine Drive has been that destination for all Mumbaikars where they could unwind and relax after a long day of commuting and a cramped lifestyle. It was high time that this popular tourist spot got a makeover! 

What’s the story?

Mumbai’s popular ‘Marine Drive’ is all set for a revamp as Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) chief Ajoy Mehta approved a nine-point plan for the makeover and assigned work to civic officials during a meeting on Wednesday, November 15.

What’s going to change?

The revamping will include removal and resurfacing of defunct pipeline and restoration of the fountain near Princess Street flyover. The appointed committee also agreed to repair the damaged portion of the Marine Drive promenade, which has not been catered to in a decade. It also gave the green signal to a BMC proposal to mark one lane of the road for cycling on Sundays. BMC had proposed one lane on both sides of the road on the 11-km stretch from NCPA to the Worli end of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link. 

The central divider which was being used to cross the road will be installed with spikes.

The Parsi gate might also be involved with some repair work as we await more details.

Who is behind this project?

This project will be a collective effort from the residents, BMC, a local BJP corporator and architect Ratan Batliboi. Members of the Nariman Point Churchgate Citizens Welfare Trust (NPCCWT) had met civic officials to discuss the plans about a year ago.

Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta, Police Commissioner Datta Padsalgikar and Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee chairman Ramanath Jha, appointed by the high court, have approved the plan.

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