Mumbai University Might Be Now Open To Commercial Activities

Spread over 243 acres, Mumbai University boasts a big campus along with lush greenery. However, this former non-development zone might have several commercial activities coming up on it in the near future.

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Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is planning to use Mumbai University's Kalina campus for commercial use. Spread over 243 acres, Mumbai University boasts of a big campus along with lush greenery. However, this former non-development zone might have several commercial activities coming up.

MMRDA has proposed a plan to Maharashtra Government for mixed land-use. Notably, the land is close to one of Mumbai's biggest business hub- Bandra-Kurla Complex.  According to initial estimates, the project could include a new multi-storey academic building, a sports complex, an incubation centre, a cultural centre and world-class research facilities. This project may cost ₹3,000 crores. Further, monetisation of a portion of the land through commercial use has been proposed. 

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The existing building in Mumbai University is also going to witness a major revamp. MMRDA has taken up this project on a priority and will redevelop it in phases. In the first phase, they will focus on students and will include adding more hostels. Department renovation and restoration of dilapidated buildings is also on the cards in this phase. While the second phase will focus on teachers and the development of the remaining building. 

The authorities have further stated that every new structure will have solar panels, rainwater harvesting and waste management systems installed in it. Some of the iconic building that will go under restoration will be Ranade Bhavan, Lokmanya Tilak Bhavan and Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Bhavan, which is also popularly called as Examination House.  

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