In a bid to make the area more attractive and pedestrian-friendly, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) G (South) ward (Worli, Prabhadevi, Lower Parel), has taken up a project to re-develop and beautify the largest traffic island on Saat Rasta, in central Mumbai. The beautification is part of the Mumbai civic body's overall project wherein all its 24 wards have been asked to beautify major footpaths, traffic islands and open spaces under the flyovers.
"The entire beautification project has been designed by a team of architects of Rachna Sansad, while the work will be executed by G (south) ward," said Sharad Ughade, Assistant Municipal Commissioner of G (south) ward.
The 'Saat Rasta Circle', in Worli which is one of the largest junction in the city where seven roads intersect. The idea is to carry out the beautification while retaining its original identity. K S Khadye Marg, Anandilal Marg, Arthur Road, Maulana Azad Road, Baburao Jagtap Marg, Sane Guruji Marg, G Babu Sakpal are the seven roads that intersect on this junction. Hence to make it more pedestrian-friendly, the G (South) ward has now undertaken the beautification of this junction.
This will help pedestrians for easy crossing, there is a plan for user-friendly walkways, easy vehicle movements and all other safety aspects pedestrians have been considered in the design. Besides this, there is also a plan for Garden and junction space improvement and makeover with Illumination, including LED kerbstones surrounding the junction and footpath. We will also have Paintings/ murals, CCTVs and dedicated areas for seating will be created," said Ughade.
Ughade added, "We have further planned rainwater harvesting, Solar energy etc." The project will cost approximately Rs 80 lakh to the civic coffers. The BMC is trying to complete the beautification by October, 2021, Ughade added.
The civic body's plan to beautify traffic islands and footpaths across the city is estimated to cost around Rs 200 crore for this project, which is expected to be completed by December 2021. Apart from the estimated Rs 200 crore budget, the BMC has also decided to give certain spots to private entities, who are asked to beautify the sites as per their CSR funds and also give the spots under advertising rights.
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