USE, MISUSE & ABUSE OF HILLS & ITS IMPACT ON CITY DEVELOPMENT CASE STUDY IN AND AROUND MUMBAI
Apart from the aesthetic value, one can expect a change in the quality of air, land and water and through this the flora and fauna and human beings which in turn may trigger a state of inequilibrium in ecosystem.
It is not only that retaining these hills is important from environmental considerations but also from defence point of view. Invisibility in advantageous in war. Our prestigious Bhabha Atomic Research Station. Nhava, Sheva Project are located in hill ranges. Hence those are naturally protected from the enemy. Secondly the radars from hill-tops can penetrate deep into the enemy areas above the high rise buildings of Mumbai. It will be suicidal to cut these hills as we will lose both our defence as well as attack mechanisms.
The standard of quarried material and the management of quarries is also not satisfactory. Both of them can be improved to economise construction cost.
The existing hills of Mumbai also shield the western part of the island from pollution and probable hazard fire or gas leakout from Trans Thane Belapur Chemical Industry.
After considering all these issues of past, present and also future on studying the methods used in developed countries, as well as useful Architectural and Town Planning concepts, the future scope of development, preservation and conversation of hills for better city development and environment is explained in this work.