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Mumbai opens contest for 15ha park and pedestrian bridge

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The Mumbai Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MMRDA) has launched an open international competition to overhaul Maharashtra Nature Park

Proposals must increase visitor numbers to the 15 hectare park and create a new pedestrian-and-cyclist-only bridge over the Mithi River (pictured) to the nearby Bandra Kurla commercial district.

Originally designed to host 300,000 visitors a year, the facility – located next to the Dharavi slum neighbourhood – currently only receives around 5,000 annual visits.

Since opening large parts of the forest have been encroached upon with some areas now used for open defecation. The park’s 1,300m² knowledge centre and paths have also significantly deteriorated.

The project will restore the forested park – created on a former rubbish dump in 1994 – and deliver a new knowledge centre and riverfront promenade.

A 400 metre-span bridge connecting the slum to Mumbai’s new financial district and capable of handling 50,000 users every day will also be delivered.

According to the brief: ‘The winning entry will have to inspire and impress twenty million Mumbaikars who are steadfastly determined to restore the Mithi River to its rightful place in the city’s ecosystem and are equally resolute in making their city more inclusive, nature-loving, liveable and better connected.’

Five shortlisted teams will receive around £5,200 each to participate in the competition’s second stage and the winner – set to be announced in April – will take home £52,000 as part of a design contract.

The chosen team will work with MMRDA to develop its winning masterplan in line with local building regulations before the appointment of a contractor to deliver the scheme.

The deadline for submissions is 1 February.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

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