Aaditya Thackeray pushes for pedestrian-only streets

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Sep 23, 2016 00:37 IST

Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray on Thursday pushed for pedestrian-only streets in the city. Thackeray met municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta and mayor Snehal Ambekar at the civic body headquarters to discuss the plan. He suggested four roads in South Mumbai for the project — K Dubash Marg and Perin Nairaman at Kala Ghoda, Bora Bora Street and Nagin Das Master Road in Fort. Pedestrian-only streets refers to roads where motorised transport is banned and they have been reserved solely for walkers.

“I have discussed the idea with the municipal commissioner and have asked him to prepare and implement the plan. It is impractical to have vehicles in pedestrian-heavy zones,” said Aaditya Thackeray.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has earmarked some of the roads in the revised Development Plan (DP) 2034 for pedestrian-friendly streets. The BMC has considered eight roads across six administrative wards for the project.

Earlier this year, when HT initiated a campaign demanding that citizens be allowed to give their ideas for the BMC budget, many had demanded the creation of pedestrian-only zones across the city.

Thackeray had supported the idea then and had floated the idea of creating a pedestrian-friendly zone at Kala Ghoda. In a bid to create one near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), the BMC plans to shift 39 stalls from the station. It also plans to do the same at K Dubash Marg as a pilot project.

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