The Heritage Project is working with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC – G-South Ward) to transform Worli Koliwada, an 800-year-old urban village, with the historic Worli Fort at its tip.
While BMC – G-South Ward focusses on restoring Worli Fort, our programmes are focussed on upgrading community spaces around Koliwada and the Fort, restoring its ecology, facilitating socio-economic community development, and creating experiences to bring people back to relive the sites’ history through art, events and interactive collectables.
Worli Koliwada is home to diverse cultures, with the Kolis – the original inhabitants of Mumbai as well as more recent settlers from all over the country – all finding a place for themselves in this densely populated locality.
The Heritage Project is using art to depict this rich culture and create an immersive Art District for visitors. The Worli Koliwada Art District includes murals by renowned artists, with periodic art workshops organised for the community. The murals will be unified by a guided pathway to enhance visitor experiences.
Along with art, we are also upgrading community spaces in Worli Koliwada to enhance visitor and community experiences through heritage-themed streetlights, street furniture, etc.
Our 360° approach places a major focus on energising the local economy. To enable this, The Heritage Project is empowering women and youth through its employability and enterprise development programme. We are also promoting sports and supporting the development of the Anganwadi Centres in the locality. Periodic health camps and awareness sessions on health, nutrition, financial literacy and waste management are also being conducted to aid socio-economic development.
The Heritage Project is working to restore the sites’ ecology. The objective is to develop community spaces and help promote sustainable livelihoods.
To enable this, functional landscaping around Worli Fort and common spaces in Worli Koliwada, along with creating reefs have been planned.
We believe these interventions will create spaces and systems which will facilitate a symbiotic relationship between the natural environment and the community.
Various cultural and community events, and tours will be undertaken in due course to enable visitors and locals to relive the history and culture of this site. Collaterals such as maps and books will be developed to allow all age groups to interact with and understand the site’s significance.
Conveying stories of the heritage site and upgrading spaces
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