Why there was a need for land reclaimation in Bombay?How was it done.

Asked by vatsalchoudhary41 | 17th Jul, 2015, 03:39: AM

Expert Answer:

The initial land reclamation attempts were made for the sake of preventing the flooding of low-lying areas of Bombay. Later in the mid 19th century, several land reclamation projects were planned by both government and private players in order to acquire more commerical space in the city. In the year 1864, the Back Bay Reclamation Company acquired the rights for reclaiming the western foreshore from the tip of Malabar Hill to the end of Colaba. As the population continued to increase rapidly through the early 20th century, more and more land was reclaimed in order to house the increased number of citizens. In the years between 1914 and 1918, the Bombay Port Trust built a dry dock and used the excavated earth to create the Ballard Estate, sprawled over 22 acres. On the same reclaimed land, the now famous Marine Drive was developed. To encapsulate, land reclamation was done on a large scale in Bombay for both civic and commerical purposes.

Answered by Soumil Shukla | 17th Jul, 2015, 03:01: PM

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