GIRGAON CROSSINGS – Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road
Celebrating socio-cultural heritage of Girgaon
Competition Entry – MCGM Streetlabs
Girgaon is one of the most diverse, multi-cultural neighbourhoods of Mumbai. The historic buildings, the family run stores along the street edge and the cultural institutions makes a walk through Girgaon, a walk through Mumbai’s history. One of Girgaon’s most unique features is the use of streets as not just as thoroughfares but as public spaces where local residents meet, socialise and celebrate. Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road is an extremely important neighbourhood street in Girgaon as it connects the neighbourhood with the Charni Road Suburban Railway Station and also plays a critical role during Ganesh Chaturthi and other local festivals.
The street re-design for Rajaram Mohan Roy Road is carefully crafted to respond to the existing conditions and also accommodate future mobility needs. The streetscape is activated through a multi-step process involving development of hardscape elements, which would then be reinforced by place-making initiatives and tactical urbanism. The goal is to optimize the usage of the ROW prioritizing pedestrians over vehicular thoroughfare.The reclaimed footpath and parklets shall serve a plethora of functions to reinvoke the sense of community within a dense residential neighborhood.