Mumbai: Crawford Market to get a facelift; to become city's first hygienic, uniform open market space

Mumbai: Crawford Market to get a facelift; to become city's first hygienic, uniform open market space

Redevelopment will be done on 2.31 lakh square feet. Besides, the revamped market will have two basement parkings for 200 vehicles.

Dipti SinghUpdated: Monday, March 09, 2020, 09:18 AM IST
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Crawford Market | BL Soni

The redevelopment and revamp of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market, well-known as Crawford Market in South Mumbai will be over by May 2022, 14 years after the project was approved by BMC.

According to civic officials, the revamped market will be Mumbai’s first hygienic, uniform, open market space.

Redevelopment will be done on 2.31 lakh square feet. Besides, the revamped market will have two basement parkings for 200 vehicles.

The Crawford Market’s redevelopment was proposed in 2006 in the BMC standing committee meet, but was stuck due to issues such as resistance by the association and legal entangles. The facelift was planned in two phases. While phase one is over, phase two, senior BMC officials, claim is in full swing.

Initially, the project moved at a snail’s pace, and was expedited when the Supreme Court in April 2019 dismissed a special leave petition (SLP) by the Crawford Market Association to get a builder to handle the project.

Prashant Gaikwad, assistant municipal commissioner (markets) said, “Our work for phase two has begun and the SC verdict last year helped us speed up the process. We have built transit camps, vendors and sellers from China Market building and Royal Touch mall have been shifted here. We served relocation notices to 172 licensees who have now been temporarily shifted to camps and will be relocated as the work gets over. These include over 50 vendors from China market and 88 from Royal Touch mall.

Phase two involves restoration of the heritage fountain, and reconstruction of the three buildings, where China Bazaar is currently located. None of the buildings will be taller than ground plus-three structures. Each building will have two basement parking facilities and three entry-exit points for trucks to load and unload. The parking will decongest roads and reduce traffic. The new market will have an open space between three buildings measuring one acre. It will also have service elevators, fire-fighting systems, mechanical ventilation and segregation of waste. Total estimated cost of the project is Rs 304.64 crore.

At present, the rear structure of the market is ready and piling work is on. Soon, the construction of specific blocks for chicken and fish sellers will be erected. Maintaining the original design and concept of British architect William Emerson, the BMC will have a one-acre open space at the centre.

Gaikwad added work on Crawford Market redevelopment is being reviewed and monitored regularly to maintain the pace. “Two major structures in the way of redevelopment were brought down. Royal Touch and China Market on the plot for redevelopment led to delay in the project. However, after demolishing the two structures, work has gained pace. Looking at the ongoing progress, we will complete it by May 2022, the deadline scheduled for the project.”

Restoration of the Grade-I structure is being carried out in phases. The first phase of began in September 2014. Total 130 shops in the first phase were restored in 2016, while work on remaining 265 shops started only in December 2017 hence delayed the project further, senior officials of BMC’s market department said.

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