Mumbai: MMRDA to unveil redevelopment plan for BKC’s E Block

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority will soon unveil a multiyear master plan for integrated redevelopment of Bandra Kurla Complex, starting with E Block. The plan includes redevelopment of buildings into skyscrapers and connecting them with elevated walkways; gardens at podium levels, sky gardens, improved recreational facilities, a pedestrian plaza and a pedestrian bridge across the Mithi River.

In the long term, the redevelopment will help pay for various infrastructure in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, by earning a revenue of Rs.18,000 crore for MMRDA. Infrastructure projects worth over Rs.1 lakh crore, including several metro networks and the Trans-Harbour Link, are underway in MMR.

There are 35 commercial and residential buildings in E Block that will soon be listed for redevelopment. These include offices of central and state government bodies, as well as private organisations and multi-national corporations.

“Buildings in E Block have become old and weak. They have come forward for redevelopment. There is enough floor space index in E Block that can be used and we are using this opportunity to redevelop these into modern buildings. This will also help us in raising finances for infrastructure development,” said RA Rajeev, metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA.

Sources said the Diamond Bourse has already approached MMRDA to connect their building with the BKC metro station falling on Metro-2B. The officials claim that they are in talks with other privately owned buildings as well.

E Block has around 1.90 lakh square metres of land. With redevelopment the height of the buildings will touch 80 metres – around 25-30 storeys.

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