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Ancient Water bodies as Catalysts for development

Bandra Talao is a 200-year-old lake in Bandra West. Spread across 7.5 Acres, it is a Grade II Heritage Structure which is also known by the names Motha Sarovar, Lotus Tank, and Swami Vivekananda Sarovar. Previously, paddle boating facilities and pisciculture activities were operational in this lake during the 1990s. Surrounding local residents would turn to the clean lake for different types of activities such as swimming. Later, the management was taken up by Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. Over the years, BMC has proposed multi-crore plans to revamp the lake, in order to exploit its potential as tourist attraction. Through a comprehensive study of the vicinity, and the transformation of Bandra Talao over the years, the importance of this ancient water body as a catalyst for growth and development is understood.

Even though some transformations were initiated by the BMC under the makeover project, there is much to be done to fully exploit the potential of Bandra Talao.