The Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) has proposed to develop a 2 km-stretch of the Kalyan creek on the lines of the Sabarmati riverfront in Gujarat. Officials from the KDMC said the process of preparing the detailed project report is under way and would be completed soon.
Civic officials said the project is part of the Smart City project and has received the approval from the Centre. “The riverfront development was part of the Smart City project. Despite having the riverfront, it was not developed for some years. Now, after carrying out feasibility study for the Kalyan creek, we are now in the process of preparing the detailed project report for it,” said a senior official.
The official added that in the first phase, the stretch of 2 km of Kalyan creek would be developed. “Tenders would be floated in January and the work may commence from April,” said the official, adding that the first phase is estimated to cost Rs 50 crore. The riverfront development includes lighting, beautification, recreational grounds, parks, walking paths, and cycling paths besides other amenities.
KDMC chief P Velrasu said the civic body plans to develop a 4 km-area each in Kalyan and Dombivli creek. “For the riverfront development, the ideas will be taken from Sabarmati and other such riverfronts to prepare a suitable plan,” said Velrasu. He added that the feasibility study for the Dombivli creek is yet to be carried out. “After the feasibility study, a call on the development of the Dombivli creek will be taken,” added Velrasu.
Officials said the total 8-km stretch of the creeks in Kalyan and Dombivli may cost around Rs 175 crore. “The length of the Sabarmati riverfront is huge. In comparison to that, the riverfront development of Kalyan and Dombivli creek is a small-scale project. The attempt of the civic body is to make these riverfronts a tourist attraction in the twin towns,” said an official adding that it would also put an end to illegal sand mining on the creeks.