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AMC to sign MoU with US firm to develop old Ahmedabad

Friday, 10 January 2014 - 2:15pm IST | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: dna

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with US-based Embarq India to develop public places in the Walled City. The proposal was approved by the AMC standing committee on Thursday.

With this, historic places of the Walled City like Rani no Hajiro, Badshah no Hajiro, Manek Chowk, the old share market and Manek Bawa’s temple would soon get a makeover.

At a recent workshop with Embarq India, it was discussed on how to develop these old neglected places. The workshop further gave scope to work together for the development of such hidden interesting places in the Walled City and the concept of Re-imagining Public Places in Historic Walled City of Ahmedabad was finalised. According to the MoU, Embarq India will provide technical support to the entire project of developing places inside the Walled City.

Under this concept of developing public spaces in the Walled City, the first project to be taken up will be that of Manek Chowk, perhaps the most prominent spot in the Walled City. For this, technical assistance would be given by Embarq India and the concept and detailed project report (DPR) will be prepared soon.

“With this MoU, we aim to develop those areas, which will improve the lot of the people of the Walled City,” said an AMC official, adding that apart from taking the first step, no concrete plans on how to go about the development are in place yet.

Moreover, the standing committee members also discussed providing compensation for those units that would be demolished to widen roads to accommodate Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS).To construct the BRTS route from Memco cross road to Naroda, the road will be widened to 30 metre from 24 metre for a separate BRTS lane. However, 24 commercial units will have to be demolished for the same and compensated monetarily.

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