Friday, December 2, 2011

Sabarmati riverfront

Get ready to walk on some outof-the-world green spaces along the banks of Sabarmati. The mega Sabarmati riverfront project will now have urban green spaces with a difference.
Sabarmati River Front Development Corporation Limited (SRFDCL) has roped in a panel of designers specifically entrusted to come up with innovative designs for envisaged parks and gardens along the riverfront. The project is focusing towards ‘social utility’ of the riverfront by giving more spaces for public use, nearly 42.8 hectares of land for parks and gardens will be used for different recreational functions at the project site.
“The panel of designers will be presenting their ideas and concept designs for gardens planned on the riverfront. They have been chosen through a rigorous exercise,” said AMC municipal commissioner IP Gautam. He added that the panel has been given full artistic freedom for designing varieties of gardens. AMC authorities will assess the designs before going for the final approval.
The civic body has already built a diaphragm wall, walkways and anchor slabs along the riverfront. The retaining wall constructed to protect the embankment is 89 per cent complete while access steps are 50 per cent complete, according to SRFDCL authorities.
“These proposed spaces are expected to serve as city-level green spaces while others will be neighbourhood parks. These gardens will be based on different themes,” said a senior SRFDCL official.
The project aims for environmental improvement, increasing green coverage, recreational spaces, relocation and rehabilitation of slums, commercial hubs and residential areas.

Dudheshwar Garden Heritage Park Victoria Garden Extension Pirana Forest
Gandhi Ashram Park BJ Park Extension City Park VS Hospital Park Vasna Forest

SRFDCL authorities have invited an expression of interest for cable cars across the riverfront. Municipal Commissioner IP Gautam said, “We are looking for a modernised version of cable cars of international standard for crossing the river. It is mainly for easy accessibility to public utilities and other services on both the banks of the river.” The authorities are doing feasibility study for location of the cable cars on riverfront.


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