Mumbai: work on the public square of the Bandra airlift takes off | Bombay News

Aaditya Thackeray

Mumbai: Work to beautify the space under the Kalanagar flyover by creating a public plaza that will have green landscaping and a fountain as the attractions began on Wednesday. The “public square” bhumipujan under the New Kalanagar flyover was performed by Tourism and Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray and MPP Zeeshan Siddiqui.
MMRDA is reshaping the Kalanagar junction as part of the renovation of the Western Express Highway.
The public square was proposed by MMRDA Urban Designing Cell to use the space under the flyover and avoid its misuse. In most places, the space under the flyover has turned into a dumping ground. Part of the space is also used by drug addicts and some places have been taken up by vehicles as a parking space.
The 2,828 m² square will be accessible by ramps on both sides and will consist of several attractive design elements. The project is expected to cost Rs 4.5 crore.
There will be a light art sculpture, an aesthetic design element, placed at the starting point of the square, highlighting the entrance to the BKC art district. Another feature is the linear body of water with a series of decreasing heights of fountains. There will be plants and flower beds with shady shrubs around the water bodies. For the convenience of visitors, benches and seats will be provided at an appropriate distance along the water body and the overflight pier.
Thackeray said, “We have decided to undertake the urban beautification and improvement of the suburbs of Mumbai, similar to the works undertaken in Worli and other parts of southern Mumbai. We want to create more such zones to improve the environment in and around the BKC-Kalanagar junction.
Metropolitan Commissioner SVR Srinivas said: “The remaining spaces, once converted into a recreation area, will function as an effective public space and will be a catalyst for the overall development of the city.”

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