Across the canvas of the vibrant but congested Bhendi Bazaar will come alive the grand vision of Saifee Burhani Upliftment Project (SBUP). With the sole intention of creating a milieu, the project will realize the dreams of its residents, both commercial & residential, to live life to its fullest potential with better standard of living and holistic growth.
This ambitious redevelopment project comprising of 16.5 acres of landform has approximately 250 existing buildings, 1250 shops and 3200 families. All of these will be incorporated into a state-of-the-art sustainable development with new buildings, wide roads, modern infrastructure, more open spaces and highly visible commercial areas. The mosques and religious structures will be retained and enhanced to add to the culture of the place.
The project is being planned to meet the present and future socio-economic needs of the people. Master Planning of the area is being done using 'best principles' of Urban Planning to create a development which serves as a model for the city. People, their needs, the community and business interests along with an aesthetic design and urban principles were the brief given by SBUT to develop the Master Plan. The neighbourhood has been divided into 9 sub-clusters for better management and functionality. Almost 80% of the land mass will be used for rehabilitating existing tenants. Fatimid styling of the buildings at the street, neighbourhood and city level will mark the project. Arches, jallis and lattice work will weave a distinct identity for the neighbourhood.
The new transformed place will create a modern urban area that will not only set a precedent to urban renewal projects in Mumbai; but also provide impetus for other urban renewal projects in India, and throughout the world.
Smart & Sustainable Development
The project is planned holistically to promote sustainable way of living. The entire area will be divided into functionally appropriate spaces, and the buildings rise in height from south to north to minimise heat ingress while maximising air circulation and natural lighting around the buildings.
Significantly more space will be available for open areas, green spaces, play and recreational facilities. Wide roads will replace the narrow and congested lanes to accommodate tree lined footpaths that will allow for smooth flow of vehicular traffic. Best principles for traffic management have been incorporated in the design.
The area will have its own environment-friendly and efficient sewage treatment plant, solar panels, rainwater harvesting, and garbage disposal units. Each of the 9 planned sub-clusters will be independent with provisions for their own solid waste and sewage management, power provision and open spaces. The project aims to be resource neutral. It has already been pre-certified 'Gold' by the Indian Green Buildings Council.