The fort management plan was initiated in 2003 as a natural progression to its area wise studies of the various fort precincts and heritage building surveys started in 1990. The intent of this urban management project was to craft a comprehensive management document for Mumbai’s historic Fort Precinct. It was found that while citizens associations are actively involved in the physical improvement and conservation of their neighbourhoods, unplanned growth and poor civic management continue to endanger the historic core of our city.
UDRI extensively documented the Fort precinct through the broad aspects of Heritage Management, Open Spaces, Solid Waste Management and Transport. Three of these aspects were studied through a physical survey of fort area conducted with the help of students from Bharathi Vidyapeeth’s College of Architecture in 2009. The research team conducted filed surveys for the entire fort precinct gathering quantifiable data and comprehensive mapping of aspects of the built fabric including topography, grain studies, heritage grading, building usage, and physical transformation endured to structures and sub precincts.
Based on these findings, a number of issues were identified to be addressed – these include – design of pedestrian footpaths, traffic interchange nodes, pedestrian crossings, parking management, hawking guidelines, signage and solid waste management. This documentation was compiled into an integrated development and conservation plan with a set of recommendations and a proposal for Special Development Control Regulations for Fort Precinct.