Ashram Road Corridor Plan
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Ashram Road is a major regional connection and the principal commercial thoroughfare along the western bank of the Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad. The Ashram Road Corridor Study examines the stretch of Ashram Road from the Gandhi Ashram, north of Rishi Dadhichi Bridge, to Ellis Bridge. This heavily traversed corridor carries approximately 12,000 to 15,000 passenger cars during peak rush hours from its intersection with Nava Vadaj Road around Rishi Dadhichi Bridge to its intersection with Netaji and Bhagtacharya Roads around Sardar Bridge (City Development Plan). Commercial land uses south of the Nehru Bridge encourage a high level of activity in this area. Uses at the northern extent are influenced by the Gandhi Ashram and are more residential with some emerging commercial industries. Once a walled city on the eastern bank of the Sabarmati River, Ahmedabad now stands astride the intermittent water body. Recently, the Khari cut canal system was used to dam the river, artificially rendering the river a perennial water body. The Sabarmati Riverfront Development Corporation was established and tasked with the reinvention and reuse of the land area along the river. The redevelopment of the Sabarmati Riverfront is intended to further increase the activity along this corridor. There have been various plans drafted that involve or relate to the Sabarmati Riverfront, Ashram Road, and the Gandhi Ashram itself. Each of these plans has influenced the direction of the Ashram Road Corridor Study. The plans include: The City Development Plan (CDP) – A comprehensive city plan providing the vision for the City of Ahmedabad; The Riverfront Development Plan – A document detailing the redevelopment of the Sabarmati Riverfront and the direction for future development along the river; The Bus Rapid Transit Plan – A proposal for increasing public transit in the City of Ahmedabad through the bus rapid transit system; The Ashram Redevelopment Plan – A vision for the future development of Gandhi Ashram and the property surrounding the ashram grounds; The Metro Rapid Transit Plan – A proposal for heavy rail metro transit services in the City of Ahmedabad. These plans will be discussed in further detail in following sections. The Ashram Road Corridor Study was defined through careful consideration of these plans and an understanding of the problems resulting from conflicting interests in the project area.