The restoration and repair work of the historic Crawford Market , also known as Mahatma Jotiba Phule Mandai in South Mumbai’s fort area, will include a two level basement parking for not just cars bu even trucks that require space to load and unload material for shopkeepers.
The parking space will help ease the traffic situation in the congested zone. The parking would be able to accommodate approximately 198 vehicles and 20 large trucks at any given point of time.
The BMC which is carrying out the restoration work , has set itself a 2022 deadline to complete the work , almost eight years after it began. The project was divided into two phases . Work on phase 1 ended sometime ago and 498 licensees had shifted back to their former places in the market. Phase 2 includes construction of a basement parking lot , demolition of the old bazar building , restoration of the heritage market building, fountain and a dome, construction of three storey building , landscaping a fire fighting system and a solar energy system.
As it is a grade 1 heritage structure, deemed to be of national or historical importance , no major structural changes are allowed.