Ahmedabad: The first stretch of an ambitious riverfront development in Ahmedabad is set to be thrown open to the public, and realtors are preparing to tap a business opportunity in it, amid discontent that thousands of poor residents displaced by the long-delayed project are yet to be resettled.
Sabarmati Riverfront Development Corp. Ltd (SRFDC), a special-purpose vehicle set up by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation 14 years ago to oversee the development, soon plans to open the 3.5km stretch, municipal commissioner Guruprasad Mohapatra said. This could be as early as a month, said architect and planner Bimal Patel, who is closely associated with the project.
Likened to the London Docklands, the Singapore waterfront and Mumbai's Marine Drive, it's the largest urban development project ever undertaken in Ahmedabad, the principal city in Gujarat.
The project involves extensive land reclamation, real estate development, creation of public spaces, construction of urban infrastructure and large-scale slum resettlement.