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BMC shares master plan layout to  refurbish South Mumbai's Jawaharlal Nehru Garden

BMC has decided to retain the existing flora of the garden & build only accessory infrastructure around

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation recently proposed its master plan to refurbish the Jawaharlal Nehru Garden in South Mumbai. According to the blueprints, the civic body has decided to retain the existing garden, trees and shrubs of the open space, in line with the local sentiment and feedback.

As such, the new development plan includes the installation of only accessory infrastructure around. This includes pathways, lawn mounts, ornate lighting, a pergola with seating, along with a portable security cabin among other amenities.

Maintaining the green cover of the Nehru Garden

The Public Works Department, about 2 months ago, had handed about an acre of land parcel of the Jawaharlal Nehru Garden to the BMC to conduct maintenance and repair work. After several rounds, the BMC has come up with the green idea to establish only what is required here and keep the garden space intact.

Reportedly, this plan of action has been adopted in favour of the locals, who wanted the repair work to adjust according to the green cover, without uprooting any trees or plants. As per reports, the local residents have been closely monitoring the Nehru Garden project while battling to protect the area from illegal encroachments.

The Nariman Point Churchgate Citizens Welfare Trust (NPCCWT) has made it clear to the officials that they do not want concrete to dominate over the greenery of the park. The trust has previously played a key role in saving the garden from encroachments and has conveyed its feedback to the authorities, for the benefit of park ecology and public benefit.

Construction will begin at the soonest

The Vice President of the NPCCWT was reported saying that the park must be permeable and open to sky space. Suggestions have also been floated to keep the park cell at one level, without any raised or undulating landscape so that more senior citizens can use the open space.

Seated near Mantralaya, the garden falls under the Marine Drive precinct, where the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) holds the autonomy to clear the renovation project. The civic body has already conducted a pilot survey and utility mapping here to draw the redevelopment layout. Work is expected to begin in tandem with the MHCC approval, as per reports.

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