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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

To a Greener Mumbai!

By Pari Syal
Illustrations: Courtesy the architects

Ar. Abraham John ‘Bombay Greenway Project'
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Ar. Abraham John proposes a truly 21st century Mumbai city in terms of green space and connectivity, with the ‘Bombay Greenway Project’ - an infrastructure project that will harvest a green corridor over the city’s existing 166 km. stretch of railway lines…

The linear railway lines extending across 166 km. are the lifeline of the Mumbai metropolitan city life. Stress, congestion, ensuing pollution, and the 9-5 grind are so intrinsic to everyday living that people really have to be shaken out of their reverie to take note of what’s prevailing around them and how the common man can actually aspire for a better lifestyle. 
                                                                                          
Ar. Abraham John ‘Bombay Greenway Project'
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Mumbai-based Abraham John Architects propose a well-rounded POA that could transform the city and significantly impact the lives of millions on an everyday basis.

Ar. Abraham John ‘Bombay Greenway Project'
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Ar. Abraham John ‘Bombay Greenway Project'
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The initial proposal of the project looks at creating a brand new oxygen-generating space, catering to the leisure needs of the city as well as to active modes of transport by constructing a long green corridor atop the existing railway lines that connect the city. 

Developed on a self-sustainable model, the proposal aims at healthy and safe pedestrian areas that will encourage people to walk, run, cycle and make green spaces (we hardly have any of them in Mumbai anymore) accessible to anyone anywhere in the city.

Ar. Abraham John ‘Bombay Greenway Project'
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Ar. Abraham John ‘Bombay Greenway Project'
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Predictably, the project will also bridge the east-west divide that is currently dictated by the over ground railway system, simultaneously creating spaces for public performances, art installations, daily markets; it will also explore the concept of urban farming amidst panoramic vistas.
Ar. Abraham John ‘Bombay Greenway Project'
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Working on a 360 degree solution, the proposal aims to enhance the existing system, by improving inter connectivity and suggesting multiple measures for an improved railway corridor. Green measures that will enhance local biodiversity, reduce high carbon footprint, and provide relief from Mumbai’s perennial heat are also on the agenda.
Ar. Abraham John ‘Bombay Greenway Project'
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Not very long ago, IAnD had reported on the proposed Mumbai Esplanade Project spearheaded by Ar. Brinda Somaya, to decongest the esplanade area and improve the quality of civic life.   While such proposals are guided towards an improved urban experience, constructive and speedy governmental intervention is the key.  Just like other urban planning endeavours, the Bombay Greenway Project too calls for active citizen participation. 
  
Check out: The Bombay Greenway Project 
01: Railway=Greenway                                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMPahveRXuo
02: Retail on the Greenway                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzuXGW7IL-0
03: Mahalaxmi Racecourse &  Haji Ali        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-suzZ1DXfw
                     

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