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Information about Sabarmati riverfront

Published on June 14, 2019

Author: shiv404



2. INTRODUCTION  Sabarmati Riverfront is a waterfront being developed along the banks of Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad, India. Proposed in 1960s, the construction began in 2005  Since 2012, the waterfront is gradually opened to public as and when facilities are constructed and various facilities are actively under construction  The major objectives of project are environment improvement, social infrastructure and sustainable development

3. BACKGROUND  Sabarmati river has been an integral part in the life of Ahmedabad since the time the city was founded in 1411 along the river banks  During the dry seasons, the river bed became a place for farming  The river banks were used by informal squatter settlements  Untreated sewage flowed into the river through storm water outfalls and dumping of industrial waste  The river bank settlements were disastrously prone to floods and lacked basic infrastructure facilities  Such conditions made the river inaccessible and it became a virtual divide between the two parts of the city. Slowly, the city turned its back towards the river

4. OBJECTIVES  The project aims to provide Ahmedabad with a meaningful waterfront environment along the banks of the Sabarmati River and to redefine an identity of Ahmedabad around the river  The project looks to reconnect the city with the river and positively transform the neglected aspects of the riverfront

5. OBJECTIVES  Environmental Improvement: reduction in erosion and flood to safeguard the city; sewage diversion to clean the river; water retention and recharge  Social Infrastructure: rehabilitation and resettlement of riverbed dwellers and activities; creation of parks and public spaces; provision of socio-cultural amenities for the city  Sustainable Development: generation of resources, revitalisation of neighbourhoods

6. MASTER PLAN  The Riverfront project presents a great opportunity to create a public edge to the river on the eastern and western sides of Ahmedabad.  By channelling the river to a constant width of 263m, riverbed land has been reclaimed to create 11.25 kms of public riverfront on both the banks. The total land reclamation is 202.79 hectares




10. RIVER PROMENADE  The key feature of this project is a two-level, continuous promenade at the water’s edge along each bank of the river  The lower-level promenade is built just above the water level to serve pedestrians and cyclists, and to provide access to the water  The upper level promenade shall host a variety of public features at the city level. Together these provide Ahmedabad with an uninterrupted, pedestrian walkway, nearly 11.5km in length, in the heart of the city

11. FACILITIES AT THE PROMENADE Access points from the city level via staircases and ramps at regular intervals and under every bridge  Ghats at key locations  Boating facilities  Public washrooms  Concrete paved flooring  Platforms at regular intervals for regulated and organized vending activities

12. PARKS AND PLAZAS  The project devotes around seventy hectares, more than a quarter (26%), of the reclaimed land towards creating public spaces in the heart of the city  These open spaces range from public parks and gardens to shaded plazas and urban forests

13. SPORTS FACILITIES  The project offers three significant sports facilities  These range from a neighbourhood level facility at Shahpur to a city-level sports hub at Paldi and a cluster of grounds near Pirana for informal sporting activities

14. AMENITIES – RIVERFRONT MARKET  The Riverfront Market has been created to house ‘Ravivari’, the traditional flea market at a permanent site adjacent to its previous location.  The market provides designated vending areas with 1,641 vendor platforms, seating areas, paved walkways, food courts, vehicular access, parking and 4 public washrooms.  The public areas shall be shaded with over 800 diverse trees that have been planted.

15. AMENITIES  At the Exhibition Centre , the riverfront will host trade-fair facilities to serve the business community  The Events Ground offers venues for holding organised events of local and national importance  The Laundry Campus provides facilities for the washing community that traditionally used the river banks for laundering  Integrated outdoor vending areas, situated all along the length of the project, will accommodate street vendors so they too benefit from the project


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