Mumbai’s first garden-under-flyover was finally open for public use at Matunga on Monday. The park named is Nanalal D. Mehta Garden, it is located under the Tulpule Flyover on Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Road, was inaugurated by Mayor Snehal Ambekar. Residents of the area and other politicians too were present during the inauguration ceremony.

The project was the brainchild of ‘One Matunga’ group which comprises of residents of the area. The group approached the BMC with a motive of beautifying the area and getting rid of gamblers who would often occupy the space. The garden has been designed to look like the Narmada River. The 600 metre pathway is blue in colour with a replication of rock formations as found on the banks of River Narmada.

Mumbai’s first garden under a flyover was opened for public in Matunga on Monday.

A granite block in the garden carries information about the landmarks on the way to the river, such as temples, and the region halfway through the stretch has been designed to look like the Narmada ghat where people can sit. The garden has 300 lights and 11 rotatable CCTV cameras to ensure safety. The Rs 5 crore project, which includes the construction of a park for children and a jogging space for residents, was passed in 2014, but wasn’t inaugurated for months after its completion.

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According to information posted on Facebook, a NGO named One Matunga took the initiative of transforming the empty space into a lush pathway for commuters. The garden is now being used as a thoroughfare by pedestrians.

Posted by One Matunga on Wednesday, June 15, 2016

It is quite an achievement for the residents to ensure that an open space meant for the public is transformed into such a fascinating garden. More power to the community!