THE MAHIM BAY REJUVENATION PLANPage 1 of 828thMar ‘ 2013 The Planning and Design Lab Rev 02The Mumbai MegaprojectSecond EditionThe Mahim Bay Rejuvenation PlanAn Initiative of the Planning and Design LabCopyright March ‘ 2013This material is protected by Indian copyright lawRevision 0228thMar ‘ 2013Busybric Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd.
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THE MAHIM BAY REJUVENATION PLANPage 4 of 828thMar ‘ 2013 The Planning and Design Lab Rev 02About the AuthorsAmrita Puntambekar is a designer with “The Planning and Design Lab”. She has detailed many ofthe concepts as regards the social equity dimensions of the Mumbai Megaproject. She leads theNataraja Foundations initiatives on women’s issues and particularly children’s education. She is alsoan associate fellow at the Nataraja Foundation and a consultant for its various projects. Amrita is afreelance artist and specializes in watercolour. She is a post graduate in commerce and lives inMumbai.Ashish Puntambekar is a Mumbai based , corporate planner and infrastructure project designer. He has20 years of experience in designing some of India’s largest infrastructure projects, the most notableand recent of which is the Indian Education Megaproject. The Education Megaproject is a plan toprovide high quality education , totally free of cost to 126 Million children, 80 % of who live in ruralareas and come from the poorest families. Please visit : http://www.nataraja.org.in/masseducationproject.htmAs a designer , Ashish believes in Gandhiji’s vision of “ Sarvodaya “( i.e the rise of all ) and his projectdesigns therefore focus on including the excluded among the masses . All his projects also have hugeenvironmental dividends in that they are designed for sustainability while also deployingenvironmentally friendly building materials on a massive scale. Each project’s financial design alsofrees up large capital resources for afforestation schemes and for wildlife preservation.The Mumbai Megaproject for instance provides US $ 300 Million for Mangroves and another US $ 1.5Billion for the planting of dense forests in Maharashtra. Employment generation is also high on thedesign agenda. This is witnessed by the fact that the above mentioned two projects , alone will add 10Million new jobs in India.Besides designing large infrastructure and clean energy projects, the designer is also keenly interestedin the geopolitics of petroleum ( several published articles ) and has expert level knowledge in theenergy business and especially the price of crude oil which he has traded as a derivative trader on allthe worlds major exchanges and OTC markets for over 5 years. He currently works as a projectdesigner and also runs a private foundation, named the Nataraja Foundation, with a mandate toinnovate on an unprecedented level in the areas of Social Infrastructure, Urban Planning and CleanEnergy.Ashish holds an MBA in international business and a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering.
THE MAHIM BAY REJUVENATION PLANPage 5 of 828thMar ‘ 2013 The Planning and Design Lab Rev 02AcknowledgmentsThe Mumbai Megaproject is a scheme in the interest of the Millions of citizens of Mumbai City and the112 million inhabitants of Maharashtra. It is also a landmark project to safeguard the ecology andsustain a vast marine ecosystem around Mumbai. The project proposal itself is an exercise in the publicinterest and for the consideration of the State and Union Governments.In a project proposal as wide-ranging as this with its 22 different themes, the project designers havereceived much help from others, starting with FICCI-FLO and Deutsche Bank who organized andsponsored the seminar in Sept ’ 2011 at the YB Chavan Center at Nariman Point in Mumbai.While the Marco concepts and large project ideas are our own, several Individuals have contributed byproviding comments on draft chapters. A few senior specialists with vast experience in project planningand execution have reviewed the whole report consisting of 22 different themes + 2 project controlspecifications and have provided their inputs. Some contributed in terms of ideas while others providedcritical cost estimates for the various schemes within the Megaproject. It is not possible to thankeveryone by naming them as one cannot rank their ideas on the basis of relative criticality orimportance.We have also borrowed ideas and concepts from other projects implemented around the world such asthe palm islands in Dubai, The Semakau offshore landfill in Singapore, The Chunnel tunnel thatconnects the UK with France, The Cheonggyechon river re-development (Seoul, South Korea), Besosriver ( Spain ), The Sabarmati river re-development project in Ahmedabad, The Coral Reef Alliance’sBio Rock technology implementations around the world etc. In including these projects weacknowledge their thought leadership and would like to learn from their implementation experience.Each borrowed concept is acknowledged by source and at no point do we claim these fundamentalconcepts as our own. In fact we hope that the people and organizations involved in these earlier, path-breaking projects around the world see the opportunities in Mumbai and come here. The city will greatlybenefit from their experience.Several friends have provided helpful guidance as we edited the final text for publication. We have alsotaken a number of generic pictures from the internet and have used graphics and material for tablesfrom various published sources and while doing so, we have taken care to quote our sources fornumbers and opinions expressed by various parties in the public domain.It is important to state here that the cost estimates within the Megaproject’s reports have been arrivedat after seeking relevant advice from experts. These are however indicative costs based on currentindustry practices and projects commissioned within the last 3 – 5 years in India and around the world.Based on all these inputs, we have modified the concepts in a manner that fits Mumbai’s uniquerequirements. This cross fertilization of ideas across industries has been our own and it is this thatmakes the Mumbai Megaproject unique. The estimates are critically linked to project executionstructures specified in each case to achieve the most efficient project schedule and least possible cost.The project configurations and the scope of work considered in each sub-project also have had a majorimpact on cost and these costs could vary if project scope is changed significantly.Finally, the authors take sole responsibility for any errors or omissions regarding opinions expressedand conclusions drawn from the various studies within the Megaproject proposals.
THE MAHIM BAY REJUVENATION PLANPage 6 of 828thMar ‘ 2013 The Planning and Design Lab Rev 021. Executive SummaryMahim Bay Today … A Highly Toxic AreaOver the last 20 years, illegal industries along the Mithi river have been dumping deadlychemicals such as cyanide and poisonous metal salts of lead, mercury, arsenic, strontiumand chromium into the Mithi river.Since the Mithi river empties into Mahim Bay, the seafloor in the Mahim Bay area isextremely toxic due to the presence of the above mentioned poisonous substances. Giventhese circumstances it is not possible for anyone to safely enter the water in the 1200 acrebay area which is largely and for all practical purposes a dead ocean environment.The Mumbai Megaproject’s Mahim Bay Marine National Park SchemeThe Mumbai Megaproject has developed a step by step detailed plan to transform theMahim Bay from the toxic cesspool it is today into a Marine National Park. The plan whichhas been fully developed has the following salient features :1. Entire 1200 Acres of the Mahim Bay will be dredged and all toxic sediment will beremoved and permanently sequestered in a secure site which has already beenidentified for the purpose.2. The Megaproject in collaboration with the National Institute of Oceanography, TheBombay Natural History Society and other prominent environmental groups will createa marine national park in Mahim bay .3. Artificial Coral Reef : An elaborate and technologically intensive marine ecosystemproject using biorock technology will create an artificial coral reef which will sustainthousands of species of fish and other marine life in the area.4. A multiple option self financing scheme has been designed making it un-necessary toapproach the state government for funds5. A unique offshore engineering plan has been conceptualized to ensure water quality isrestored to 1930 levels or better. An innovative shore protection strategy backed bymorphological studies in the Mahim bay area will prevent the scouring that is takingplace today due to the construction of the Bandra Worli Sea Link at the mouth of thebay.6. Project includes an inclusive strategy to cater to all the legitimate concerns of over onethousand fishermen families in the Mahim bay area.The Mumbai MegaprojectSecond EditionThe Mahim Bay Rejuvenation Plan
THE MAHIM BAY REJUVENATION PLANPage 7 of 828thMar ‘ 2013 The Planning and Design Lab Rev 02Project details will be shared with prospective project partners and local government aftergoing through a legally recognized and properly documented process.Ashish PuntambekarProject DesignerThe Planning and Design LabProjectsThe Mumbai Megaproject& The Indian Education Megaproject ... High quality Education to 126 Million Children Totally Free of costContact Details : email@example.com@gmail.com
THE MAHIM BAY REJUVENATION PLANPage 8 of 828thMar ‘ 2013 The Planning and Design Lab Rev 02NOTEThis document is protected by Indian Copyright Law. Please specifically quote yoursource while using the text / material presented herein, to avoid legal action.Pictures used within this document have been taken from the internet. They are thereforerepresentative and not necessarily from a location in Mumbai or Maharashtra. Thepictures used are generic and we have provided a link on the website ( to be updatedfrom time to time ) where we have identified the source of the pictures. In case of anyoversight on our part, please let us know and we will immediately rectify the matter.