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Ahmedabad, 1997 - Ongoing

Fazil cruze
Shafeeq ali
Syam prasa
Nikhil k r

The Sabarmati Riverfront project is an


environmental
improvement,
social
upliftment and urban rejuvenation project
that will renew Ahmedabad.

The project is being developed by the


Sabarmati
Riverfront
Development
Corporation Ltd. (SRFDCL), a company
wholly owned by the Ahmedabad
Municipal
Corporation.
The
project
aims
to
reclaim the private river
edge as a Public asset and
restore
the
citys
relationship
with
its
river.The Riverfront project
presents a great opportunity
to create a public edge to
the river on the eastern and
western
sides
of

SRFD

The river originates from the foothills of Aravalli ranges near


Udaipur, Rajasthan, and flows downstream passing through
Ahmedabad till Gulf of Cambay. The 109-km river runs across a
stretch of about 11 km through Ahmedabad. It is this stretch
that would be developed as an ambitious urban renewal project
The project was conceived in 1997, but it gained momentum
only after 2001. Constant changes in the plan have escalated
the project cost from Rs 361 crore in 1997 to an estimated Rs
1,200 crore today.

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The Challenges
12000 hutments on both
banks of the river occupying
nearly 20% of critical project
area.
Unorganized Gujari Bazaar
of more than 1200 vendors on
the eastern bank and Court
Litigation.
Nearly 200 Dhobis using
both the banks of the river for
washing activities.
Thoroughly
contaminated

polluted and
Sabarmati

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settlement & Rehabilitation:


A committee formed under
an ex-High Court Judge for
finalization of beneficiaries.
More than 11200 families
allotted
houses
for
resettlement.
Comprehensive Settlement
under the supervision of
Hon. Gujarat High Court.
Construction of Riverfront
Market for rehabilitation of
Gujari Bazaar vendors.
Construction of modern
Dhobi Ghat for the ousted

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the first proposal was formulated in 1961 by the French


architect Bernard Kohn which suggested to reclaim 30 ha of
land on boththe banks of the river in order to develop a mix of
commercial, recreational andresidential activities in some
points of the river, mainly close to the major bridges. The
feasibility of such proposal was studied and confirmed in 1966
by a commission appointed by the government of Gujarat and
a further proposal was done in 1976 by a group of local
professionals including Ahmedabad Study Action Group, the
architect Hasmukh C Patel and K B Mehta Builders. The group
agreed on the reclamation of land and proposed the
strengthening of the Pirana Sewage Treatment Plant in the
south of Ahmedabad and the construction of retaining walls to
protect the city from floods and to give space for
development. The need to improve the sewerage system was
confirmed also in the National River Conservation Plan of 1992
for the interception and diversion works, the construction of
trunk sewers, the desilting of storm.

SRF

first proposal by architect Bernard Kohn

SRF

The
proposal
was
commissioned
to
the
Environmental
Planning
Collaborative (EPC), which in
2002 merged with the HCP
Design
and
Project
Management
Pvt.Ltd.,
responsible for the urban
design of the project. The
The
project
regards
a and
stretch
works
started
in 2005
are
of
9 km of the river
still ongoing.
comprised
between
the
Subhash Bridge and the
Vasna Barrage within the city
of Ahmedabad and its main
features are the following

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features

- the reduction of the riverbed from a


variable width of 600-300 m to a fix
width of 275 m, thus reclaiming 185
ha of land;
- the construction of RCC diaphragm
walls (10-20 m depth) and anchor
slabs (10 m) to prevent the
riverbanks from erosion. After the
finishing the anchor slab is turnedin
the so-called lower promenade;
- the construction of interceptor
sewers on both the riverbanks able to
prevent the
waste water to flow directly into the
river and diverting it to the two
sewage
plants of of
Vasna
Pirana;
-treatment
the construction
RCCand
retaining
walls (2.5 - 9 m) to protect the city
from flooding. The height of the walls
is determined by the 100-year flood
level. An upperpromenade is created
on top of the retaining walls

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- the dredging of the river bed in order to provide soil for the filling

of the space behind the RCC retaining walls. At least 67.500 cubic
meters are required for the filling;

The main declared goals for the implementation of


such actions are:
- the elimination of the danger of floods in the current context of
climate change;
- the establishment of better hygienic conditions through a new
sewerage system;
- the ground water recharge through the storage of water within
the river bed;
- the improvement of the living conditions of the slum dwellers.

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riverbanks of the
Sabarmati before
the project

riverbanks of the
Sabarmati after
the project

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ower promenade

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View from upper promena

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Structural Works
Diaphragm Wall, Anchor Slab, Ghats
and Ramps
Retaining Wall, Staircases and Ramps
Interceptor Sewage Line, Extension of
Outfalls & Manholes
General Earth Fill
Pumping Station
Development Works (Ongoing)
Lower Promenade
Road and Road Below Bridge
Gardens
Riverfront Market
Dhobi Ghat
Further Development
Exhibition Centre, Events & Cultural
Amenities
Recreational Amenities

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