MAHATMA JYOTIBA PHULE MARKET (CRAWFORD MARKET) CONSERVATION AND RE-DEVELOPMENT
DETAILS "In the heart of Bombay, lies Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market, originally named as Sir Arthur Crawford Market. It is the most popular shopping precinct of Bombay. The Market covering an area of about 2.25 hectares incorporates the main building listed in Grade I of the Heritage List of Bombay. It also has substantial covered shopping space in permanent sheds. At present the Market activities include wholesale and retail outlets dealing in fruits, vegetables and fish apart from a variety of consumer items like toys, trunks, leather goods, footwear etc. It is proposed to shift the wholesale market from the present location to New Bombay in near future. As a result a new opportunity arises to shape the campus. In order to conserve its architectural heritage and re-structure the precinct in a harmonious manner the Municipal Corporation of Greater Bombay invited architects, urban designers and planners to submit designs in competition for the major urban node of the City at Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market, Bombay, in 1994.
It was the intention of the Organizers, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Bombay to obtain ideas generated in the winning design, which would form the basis for preparation of urban design guidelines for development of the Market. These guidelines and ideas would accompany the lease conditions when the plot was auctioned for development.
The objectives of the Competition were as follows:
- To obtain urban design concepts for conservation and re-development of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market Campus.
- To guide the development in harmony with the architectural character of the Market and regain the lost urban space within the precinct.
- To develop the built-form to accommodate the new functions stipulated in the programme in a manner, which reinforces the quality of historic Market.
- To improve traffic conditions in and around the Market.
- The Competition programme was based on the proposed shifting of the wholesale activities from the Market precinct. It involved removal of old sheds. The available 1.33 F.SI. (Floor space index) was to be used in construction of new structures, which would incorporate shopping malls, shopping centers, stores, small shops and related facilities and utilities. The programme envisaged overall improvement of urban environment with adequate parking facilities for cars, scooters and cycles. It invited the suggestions for improvement of traffic management in the area. And any other recommendations that would enhance the quality of urban environment in and around the Market.
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