According to the latest reports, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to construct a “Sister City Square” at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) which will serve as a tourist destination.
For those who don’t know, Mumbai has 15 sister cities in which, for more than a decade, consecutive mayors of Mumbai have led the city’s relations with these cities to develop cultural ties, business development, sharing of knowledge and the signing of Memoranda of Understanding (MoU).
These sister cities include Los Angeles, St. Petersburg (Russia), Stuttgart, Yokohama, Honolulu, New York, Zagreb, Barcelona, Busan, Port of Odessa, Jakarta, Nadi, Antananarivo and Shanghai.
Based on a story from the Hindustan Times, the initiative is part of the civic body’s tactical urban planning that seeks to create interactive and enjoyable areas for locals and tourists across the city. It has been reported that the plan design project involves an art installation of the globe marking the 15 cities.
This will be coupled with landscaping, beautification and the installation of city flags. In addition, visitors can visit the selfie point, information offices for each city and a help desk.
The municipal authority hopes that the square will be a zone of exchange for a culture that will facilitate interaction between visitors, testimonies quoted. Moreover, the funds for the same will be accessible through the DPDC funds of the Minister of Trustees of Mumbai Suburbs, Aaditya Thackeray.
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