To improve connectivity between Diu (Old City) and Ghoghla Beach and to leverage the waterfront location and the beach destinations in order to improve the tourism potential of Diu, the Diu Smart City has proposed to build a 300 meters Diu Ghoghla Bridge Park. The bridge will be for pedestrians and cyclists that connects the old city of Diu and Ghoghla Beach. The bridge will act as a mediator between urban and ecological spaces and improve pedestrian connectivity to the city’s heritage (Fort) and waterfronts. The project design aims at activating the beaches with promenades, water sports, night lighting, and art installations.
The project would act as a public open space offering multiple seating options with appropriate landscape along with active and passive recreational facilities. The design and aesthetics of the project is envisaged to be a landmark structure in accordance with the culture of Diu, which would create a unique identity for Diu.
The bridge would promote walkability for tourists and locals as well as would connect the different communities in old city Diu and Ghoghla. The project would strongly contribute to the city’s strategy for Area based Development whose objectives include-leveraging the waterfront location and the beach destinations to improve the tourism potential of Diu and supporting the economy, in addition to improving the quality of life of the local residents.
In order to achieve the city’s vision effectively, the project shall help in addressing the following challenges:
- Identity and Culture: Image building and landmark creation
- Transportation and Mobility: Connectivity
- Open Spaces: Vibrant public space creation
- Place Making: Exclusive and unique experience
- Mixed Use and Compactness: Walkability and safety
- Indirect Impact: Economy and employment
The project is envisaged as an economic generator that will attract more visitors to the old city area. There is a heritage fort that would become a landmark once access to it is built through this intervention. The project will ensure that tourists have a spread of round-the-clock offerings, food courts, night markets, amphitheatres and events spaces, complete with sanitation, and convenience facilities. The beaches will be activated with promenades, water sports, convenience, night lighting, and art installations. The Diu-Ghoghla Bridge Park would be one of its kind project, which has not been executed in India thus the CITIIS expertise would be an important guiding factor to take the project forward.
The bridge is planned for pedestrian/NMT access to a park with multipurpose areas. The design and aesthetics are planned to improve the visual character of the surrounding infrastructure. An intensive landscaping and a planting program will help mitigate the harsh humid climate of Diu and aid in experiencing the cityscape in a comfortable environment.
The project innovation is in designing the bridge for pedestrians and cyclists only. The space around the bridge is planned for public space, recreation, and urban greenery. The project is envisaged to be a unique destination. Thus, the design, construction, and execution of the project would be most important for which consultancy services of the field experts would be utilized. The innovation in relation to existing best practices for similar projects will be explored, especially the projects that are being implemented by various developed cities across the globe with the intention to expand the public space, urban greenery and to create unique experiences and destinations for the people.