According to the latest reports, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is looking to revamp the August Kranti Maidan and hopes to curate a two-km long “Freedom Trail” path from outside the ground to Girgaum Chowpatty.
For those unversed, the maidan is a historic location since it is here that Mahatma Gandhi stated his “do or die” slogan that led to the Quit India Movement.
Based on accounts, the pathway will include locations of historical importance such as Mani Bhavan before ending at Girgaum Chowpatty. It is slated to be curated by re-engineering and beautifying the current footpath.
It has been reported that the civic body has earmarked INR 30 crore for the project. The project will be undertaken phase-wise by the civic body’s heritage cell and the roads, traffic and the local ward office cells.
While the civic officials stated that the prevalent footpaths will be reconstructed with in-situ concrete and the uneven surfaces will be levelled with the roads. Moreover, footpaths outside the garden’s vicinity will be recreated utilizing basalt rock stones, cited accounts.
Apart from this, murals will be painted on the footpaths and information kiosks will be set up. Further, QR codes will be put up on the present road signages and new road signage boards will be installed, highlighted reports.
Conservation architect Pankaj Joshi has been roped in as a consultant for this project by the civic authority. Accounts also quoted civic officials who elaborated on how another objective of the project is to declutter the Maidan’s periphery.