During Malabar Hill Reservoir’s renovation, the Hanging Garden will be partially closed.
Due to its deteriorating condition, Mumbai’s Malabar Hill reservoir, one of the city’s oldest artificial reservoirs, needs urgent reconstruction.
To meet the region’s water requirements, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has developed a strategy for rebuilding the reservoir.
Behind Mumbai’s Hanging Garden, a tank will be constructed as part of this strategy. However, according to the BMC’s horticulture department’s most recent tree assessment, the tank’s construction would necessitate the removal of 384 nearby trees.
The garden department has mandated that for every tree cut down, four new trees must be planted to make up for the loss of trees.
Jackfruit, junglee badam, mango, Akash neem,Kailash Pati, jamoon, chafa, Ashoka, neem, coconut, kadi patta, amla, chikoo, and reetha, among many other fruits and vegetables. Based on their size, botanists have estimated where a few Ashoka, jackfruit, and shevga trees can be kept in the Garden.
A water treatment plant in the Bhandup Complex and Doongerwadi’s Tower of Silence, subject to approval from all of its trustees, are two of the identified locations for the relocated trees.
Specifically, the Ashoka trees will be cut down or replanted depending on the restrictions imposed by the location.
To isolate the Malabar Hill reservoir for renovation, the tank must be constructed.
In 1885, the reservoir was built as an arch with no columns or beams. A slight push could cause it to fall apart, making it impossible to fix or restore.
Throughout the reconstruction process, the tank, which has a capacity of 90 million litres, will supply South Bombay with continuous water.
Over the next seven years, the Malabar Hill reservoir will be renovated in stages. The reconstruction plan must be completed by the end of 2029.
During the renovation, the Hanging Garden will be partially closed, but it will never be completely closed.
It will take anywhere from one to two years to finish building the tank.
The BMC has determined that the 140-year-old Malabar Hill reservoir was one of Mumbai’s first artificial reservoirs.
To ensure that the city’s water requirements are met and that its residents are safe, a new tank needs to be built, and the Malabar Hill reservoir needs to be renovated.