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1. Mumbai Waterfronts Centre
The Mumbai Waterfronts Centre emerged out of the initiatives of the determined residents of Bandra, a Mumbai neighbourhood, to reclaim their waterfront. [more]
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Mumbai Waterfronts Centre (MWC)
The Mumbai Waterfronts Centre emerged out of the initiatives of the determined residents of Bandra, a Mumbai neighbourhood, to reclaim their waterfront. The Bandra Waterfront, as with many other waterfronts in Mumbai, served mainly as a garbage dump less than a decade ago. The Bandra waterfront is now an open public space, accessible to all sections of the city’s society. It is maintained by local residents associations. It also serves as cultural centre, hosting a large festival and housing an amphitheatre in which some of the city’s best performances have been held.

The process of revitalising and restoring the Bandra waterfront helped spur the larger city-wide waterfronts initiative. MWC believes that city’s waterfronts have not been adequately considered in its planning and development process. It aims to rectify what it thinks has been the abuse of the city’s waterfronts. It believes that waterfronts function as essential major open spaces for Mumbai’s crowded millions. It has helped improve and reclaim 7 kilometres of Mumbai’s western waterfronts including the Bandra Carter Road promenade, the Bandra Bandstand promenade, Bandra Land’s End and Juhu Beach.

It aims create spaces along waterfronts for the public to relax and enjoy. It views the participation of local residents in improving and maintaining these spaces as key to the process. It is currently working on revitalising the 4 km long Dadar-Prabhadevi beach, which suffers from erosion. MWC also plans to revive and improve the Versova Waterfront, transforming it into an open public space that can be enjoyed by Mumbai’s citizens.

Contact
P. K. Das
pkdas.arch@gmail.com
Darryl D’Monte
darryldmonte@gmail.com
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