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The Bombay Greenway Project

The Bombay Greenway Project

THE BOMBAY GREENWAY PROJECT:
Turning the railways into greenways…
The Railway in Bombay defines the linear city & dictates how 7 million people travel daily!
The Railway into Greenway proposal envisions a 21st century greenway over the existing railway lines; 166kms of continuous, flat, traffic & stress free space to encourage active modes of transportation & healthy city living!

THE BOMBAY GREENWAY PROJECT:



A City Divided:

The railways run through the city like a river: long & linear holding the city together like a spine!



Unfortunately, the City stands divided into East & West, the South & West being the more exclusive, being closer to the developed seafront.

All peak hour travel is North-South in the morning & South-North in the evening.



Advantages to the railways:

• The proposal does not do away with the existing system, instead it chooses to improve the interconnectivity, beautify all existing railway stations, & create the potential for newer stations.

• Safety: Railway crossing accidents would be reduced; currently about 10 people die daily (3700 per year) while crossing railway tracks!!! Thousands are injured yearly.

• These dedicated corridors would also allow for faster & better train services.

• Sound pollution due to the trains could be better contained & dramatically reduced.

• Heat gain on the trains could be reduced, allowing for more effective & economical air-conditioning.

• Rain water lost yearly could be harvested; incidents of flooding could be controlled.

• All stations would be elevated; platforms & trains services would be unaffected.

• All ticketing & entry could be modernised & security improved.

• The redesigned stations would have public conveniences such as toilets as also revenue generating concessions – flow-er shops, book sellers, coffee shops & restaurants.

• The existing overhead equipment could be updated & laid on the underside of the greenway, eliminating expensive accidents that are currently common



Advantages to the City:

The Greenway would have pedestrian & cycling pathways to encourage ‘active modes of transport’ for daily commute or even for leisure activities.



The proposal aims to:

• make people once again walk, run & cycle in clean parks & re-introduce ‘active modes of transport’

• make public spaces “green” & accessible to anyone anywhere in the city

• bridge the east-west divide that is currently dictated by the over ground railway system

• lessen traffic congestion & air pollution

• create panoramic city views

• address the city\\\’s needs for more open spaces that are both attractive & safe

• create spaces for leisurely activities (reading & picnics)

• create spaces for the arts: public performances, art installations

• create spaces for daily markets

• introduce the concept of urban farming

• create a safe & secure environment



Sustainability:

It is a complete self-sustainable model that will improve Bombay’s infrastructure.

• It will carry all the major services: electrical, gas pipelines, water supply & communication lines.

• Rainwater harvesting will solve Bombay’s water problem.

• The water used for toilets, cafes etc. will be recycled & used for landscaping purposes.

• Solar lighting systems & other modern green methods shall be used to meet the energy demands.



Environmental:

Bombay is a city that is bereft of accessible open spaces & lacks greenery.

The proposal aims to re-introduce indigenous trees to enhance local biodiversity, to reduce high carbon footprint, to pro-vide shade in Bombay’s perennial heat & to help the local bird population. The trees would work as a privacy screen for neighbouring buildings & enhance the views of the neighbourhood



Exercise & Leisure:

The Greenways are beyond basic transportation needs. The mornings for the fitness-oriented, mid-days for lunch goers, evenings for family outings, and shows at night.



Further:

The proposal does not only seek to address the North-South nature of the Railways but also to allow for a greater East-West interconnectivity. We have also proposed connections in several areas allowing for a system of interchangeable modes of transport with government & public participation. A rentable cycle scheme would allow a person to walk, cycle & use the train to his destination without owning any means of transportation but having full access to them.






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Alan Abraham, Abraham John ARCHITECTS

Bombay, India

Category: Urban Planning and Urban Design

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