Mumbai to get a sheesh minar

At 70 feet, it will be Mumbai's highest man-made vantage point, providing the best possible view of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link and the coastline. The Sheesh Minar, a glass tower that will also be called the Tower of Destiny, will come up near Mahim, competing for iconic status with the central tower of the cablestayed bridge of the sea link. The Tower of Destiny is part of a project by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) that involves building a brand new seaside promenade stretching from the Mahim Interchange to the approach road leading to the sea link. The Rs-7.8 crore project will be executed by DB Realty over nine months, starting June. The Sheesh Minar at the Mahim end will be a modern incarnation of the lighthouses that once directed seafarers and traders towards the Bombay Harbour.
The entire 40-metre promenade, in fact, will be an ode to Mumbai’s coastal topography and to its evolution from being seven disjointed islands. Along its 1.25 km length will be installations depicting seven periods during which different dynasties ruled the city. Also included in the plan is a “wharf-styled” amphitheatre at the Mahim end, a cycle track and a jogging track.
“The sea link has already become an icon for the city and for visitors, so we wanted to show people how Mumbai has reached its current status after being ruled by so many different rulers at different times,” said PWD Minister Jaydutt Kshirsagar. “The Tower of Destiny will be another icon on the other side and will complement the sea link.” The promenade will have several zones, with details provided at intervals on the seven periods, from that of Asoka (BC) to the Rashtrakutas, the Silharas (3rd to 8th centuries), the Chalukyas (9th to 12th centuries), the Mohammedans of Gujarat (13th to 15th centuries), Portuguese and Marathas (16th and 17th centuries), British (17th to 19th centuries) and the post-Independence period.
There will be another amphitheatre, a sundial one, at the Bandra end, along with a festive deck with seven columns to depict the seven islands that formed Mumbai. The columns will be modern interpretations of traditional lamp structures found in rural Maharashtra, each with a textual description on the history of that island.
The promenade, already a popular spot among evening walkers and lovers, was first developed in 2003, with coconut palms and a jogging track. Officials say MSRDC spends Rs 35 lakh annually to maintain this spot beneath the cloverleaf-shaped flyover at Bandra.
“‘It was therefore decided to involve private players to redevelop and beautify the promenade,” said Vivek Ghanekar. superintending engineer for MSRDC. DB Realty will get advertising rights to place 125 placards along the stretch while MSRDC will earn Rs 99 lakh annually by leasing the space to the company for 15 years. Ghanekar said Mumbai already has Marine Drive and the Worli seaface promenades but there is not much scope for activity.


Ameya said...

That is fantastic news!

Unknown said...

but this is gonna uproot the whole of the fishermen community that resides by the road.