The planning and designing of green ventures to restore the ecological balance in metros has become a prime necessity. Mumbai being one of the metros that record very high air pollution levels according to the reports of World Health Organization (WHO), the need for green expanses is the need of the hour here. In this regard, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), the prime civic body in Mumbai had recently invited multi-disciplinary design teams to design a marvelous make-over for Maharashtra Nature Park being mindful of the city’s steadfastly depleting biodiversity.
Maharashtra Nature Park, once called Mahim Nature Park is situated near Dharavi, the largest slum in Asia. It has a forested area of 37 acres which was a former garbage dump beside the south bank of the Mithi River. The plan of the project of redesigning this park should prospectively be taking care of environmental guidelines as well as the construction regulations. The competition also required the planning for the construction of a non-motorized bridge across the north bank of the Mithi River. The prime objective for both the projects which are interlinked is directed at the restoration of the Mithi River in the near future.
This competition adds to the spectrum envisaged by the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan with a view to encourage participation of the citizens themselves in the advancement of the city. The result of the competition was finally declared on 16th January 2017 and Sameep Padora and Associates (sP+a) – who in association with Design Cell, Ratan J. Batliboi Consultants, Schlaich Bergman & Partner and Ladybird Environment Consulting has emerged as the final winners amongst thirty other teams of architects and designers after successfully completing several rounds of the competition. Design Owl congratulates Sameep Padora and his team for this accomplishment!