Sabarmati Riverfront, Ahmedabad

An initiative by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation(AMC) to develop the Sabarmati riverfront in the city of Ahmedabad, India. It is being developed by the Sabarmati River Front Development Corporation Limited (SRFDCL) funded by Central government of India that was established in May 1997 with a seed capital of INR1 crore (US$170,000) and was charged with the responsibility of developing the approximately 10.4 km stretch along the river in the city. The project has encountered several delays due to concerns regarding water level, flooding, rehabilitation of displaced slum dwellers and met with severe opposition from activists involved with slum rehabilitation. However, the process of obtaining land for the development, through clearance and reclamation has been substantially completed. It is also the largest slum displacing project of the city till date. The river banks will evolve continually, adapting to the diverse interests of a rapidly transforming city.

  • The Riverfront Development reclaims the banks of the Sabarmati, making the entire stretch of river publicly accessible.
  • The project provides more than ten kilometers of uninterrupted pedestrian promenade on each bank and public ghats for direct access to the water.
  • Land reclaimed by riverfront development will largely be allocated for free and open public use; more than 85% of riverfront land will become public infrastructure, recreational parks, sports facilities, and vast new gardens. Parts of these public areas will include new space for cultural and civic institutions: including museums, monuments, performance venues, and exhibition space to significantly enhance the availability of civic amenities.

  • The Sabarmati Riverfront will also permanently upgrade iconic informal markets, create vibrant new spaces for residents and tourists to converge, attend outdoor events, participate in water-related recreation, and enjoy leisure activities.
  • The Sabarmati Riverfront Project will enhance the distinctive character of Ahmedabad, significantly improving the quality of life for residents and enhancing Ahmadabad's value as a destination for new employers, institutions, investment, education opportunities, and tourism.
  • The Sabarmati Riverfront Development project brings together global wisdom and best practices to revive the river as a public sanctuary for the people of Ahmedabad.

 

In addition to establishing a distinctive central landscape, the public spaces developed by the project enable both sides of Ahmedabad to come together in leisure, turning the Sabarmati from a geographical divider into a binding presence in the city. The Riverfront upgrades 18 precincts located adjacent to the riverfront land, revitalizing the heart of Ahmedabad and leading the city's future growth.

Precinct Map 

  • For the first time in recent history, water in the Sabarmati will be clean. 
  • The Riverfront Project  includes new interceptor lines that will route sewage from thirty-six drainage points currently terminating in the riverbed to new treatment plants at Vasna and Pirana downstream.
  • The twenty-two kilometers of retaining walls are designed and have been tested to manage water flow under previously recorded high flood levels, providing added protection for low lying areas of the city.
  • Slum residents on the riverbed, once vulnerable to seasonal flooding, are being rehabilitated under direct supervision of the High Court of Gujarat, to permanent, titled housing units in communities within Ahmedabad city limits.
  • The project is also creating infrastructure to provide more organized facilities to informal markets that drive local trade.

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