UPDATE: The submission deadline has been changed to February 7th, 2016. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is looking for multi-disciplinary design teams that are capable of designing and delivering a technically demanding and environmentally sensitive makeover in the heart of India’s Financial Capital, Mumbai. There are no competition fees to be paid and all submissions will be exclusively done through the competition portal. Five shortlisted entries from the first stage will each receive Rs. 5,00,000 and the eventual winner will receive Rs. 50,00,000 as part of a contract. There are two major components of this makeover. The first is the comprehensive makeover of the Maharashtra Nature Park (MNP) and the second is a pedestrian-and-cyclist-only bridge over the Mithi River. The context of this competition is further shaped by plans to clean the Mithi River, to develop the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) and by the future urban renewal of Dharavi - India’s most prominent informal settlement. Next to creating high quality and inspiring designs for Maharashtra Nature Park and the pedestrian-and-bicycle bridge, competition entries need to show how plans will positively impact these developments. The winning entry will have to inspire and impress twenty million Mumbaikars who are steadfastly determined to restore the Mithi River to its rightful place in the city’s ecosystem and are equally resolute in making their city more inclusive, nature-loving, liveable and better connected. This holistic development is streamlined with the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and the Smart Cities vision of Shri. Narendra Modi, Honourable Prime Minister of India, and promotes the adoption of smart solutions for efficient use of available assets that enhances the quality of urban life for all. It encourages citizen participation in the formulation of their city’s future.
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