Planning to make a tour of Mumbai? Which are the spots coming automatically to your mind?. The beautiful Marine Drive beaches, iconic Victoria Terminus and Fountain, Gateway of India, Haji Ali, Elephanta Caves, Film City…….etc. Have you finished?
But don’t finish the itinerary. Add one more spot, and very interesting one—the Dhobi Ghat, which is being given a makeover to attract the tourists in the city.
Though the city’s century-old outdoor laundry, Dhobi Ghat has been a major tourist attraction, it lost its glory mainly due to the filthy atmosphere in and around the spot which kept the tourists a distance away from it. To cash in on its popularity, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which is ruling the Mumbai city, has drawn plans to give Dhobi Ghat a makeover, which will include a viewing gallery for tourists. The BMC has made a provision of Rs 2.83 crore for the project will be carried out by Deo Engineers. The idea behind the makeover is to make Dhobi Ghat tourist-friendly and promote it as a major tourist attraction.
Visitors will be able to park their cars in the viewing gallery to enjoy the view of the Dhobi Ghat, which is spread over 23-acres at Mahalaxmi near Mumbai Central. While the outdoor laundry is surrounded by old and dilapidated buildings and slums, some part of it has been encroached upon. At present, the Dhobi Ghat is in shambles and though tourists want to visit it, they usually end up taking a look at it from a distance.
Most visitors prefer to watch the ghat from the bridge nearby. And, sometimes when they do come down, once they notice the filth, they immediately leave.
There are 731 stones at Dhobi Ghat for washing and cleaning purpose, and at present, most of them are broken. The entire area requires repair work. Also, the storm-water drains are choked due to cloth threads and other cleaning material which flows into the drains on a daily basis.
As per the BMC’s plan, there will be systematic arrangement of the washing stones and sheds for the bhatti will be refurbished. The viewing gallery will be located by the side of the footpath near the Mahalaxmi bridge. The viewing gallery will be built in such a way that it does not obstruct the vehicular traffic on the bridge.
The proposal for the makeover will be tabled before the civic body’s standing committee and work will start once the committee approves it.