Residents from the western suburbs had a meeting to discuss their alternative proposal for the Metro rail to go underground.
They will present their suggestions to the commissioner of Mumbai Metropolitian Road Development Authority (MMRDA) next week.
The residents were mainly opposing the overhead Metro rail from Linking Road to the Indian Oil Nagar in Andheri and want it to go underground. A core committee of six active citizens now has an alternative proposal.
Some of their basic objections for the metro rail being overhead were that on arterial roads they will add to the traffic congestion in that area, especially areas in Bandra where traffic is already a problem.
“Most of the roads are 90 feet wide and the MMRDA plans to have 85 feet wide stations at every kilometre. This means you have just five feet space to move from one place to another,” added Sherley Singh, a core committee member.
“Entry or exit points of stations should not be opened up on main arterial roads like SV Road, Linking Road as they are already congested with the Worli sea link coming up,” said another committee member Aftab Siddhique.
Committee members also proposed integrating stations with major bus stops and said the stations shouldn’t be close to the buildings, as they will disturb the residential fabric of that area.
“We have suggested stations below open spaces like Almeda Park, National College, so that it is convenient for the public to use the space,” added Siddhique.
There should be no car park within 100 metres of entry or exit points. Instead large drop-offs and pick-up bays should be provided in these areas. Also open spaces and public gardens could be partly elevated, creating interesting landscapes and facilitating stilted car park and covered drop-off and pick-up points. These were some of the the committee members have added.
They are going to meet the MMRDA commissioner next week and until then to invite more suggestions and alternatives they have launched a website called www.metrorailforum.com where residents can send in their changes in the plan chalked out by them.
“If the authorities are in no mood to listen to us, we will plan peace marches from Juhu to Bandra. It is for our benefit… they must listen to us,” added Siddhique.