Sabarmati Riverfront Development Project

Sabarmati Riverfront Development Project

Sabarmati Riverfront Development Project

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The Sabarmati Riverfront Development Project is an initiative by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation to develop the Sabarmati riverfront in the city of Ahmedabad, India.

The Sabarmati River Front Development Corporation Limited (SRFDCL) in May 1997 with a seed capital of Rs. one crore and charged it with the responsibility of developing the Sabarmati Riverfront.

The project has encountered delays, one of which has been due to the Sabarmati changing from a seasonal to a perennial river due to access to water from the Narmada after the completion of the Sardar Sarovar project. However, the process of obtaining land for the development, through clearance and reclamation has been substantially completed.

Inception

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) set up the Sabarmati Riverfront Development Corporation Ltd (SRFDCL) in May 1997, with a mission to "to revivify the city centre by reconnecting it to the river". The AMC appointed the Environment Planning Collaborative (EPC), an Ahmedabad-based urban planning consultancy firm, to prepare a plan.

Initial recommendations

In the first phase, EPC identified a 9 km stretch of the riverfront extending from Subhash bridge to Vasna barrage and proposed to reclaim of the riverbed. SRFDCL planned to sell or lease out a part of it to finance the project. In 2003, it extended the project to cover a 20 km stretch—from the Narmada main canal to Vasna barrage.

Frequent changes to this plan have escalated the project cost...
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