BMC to widen 177 roads to ease traffic, but not without hurdles
The Colaba Causeway, DN Road in Fort, and SV Road are among 177 thoroughfares in Mumbai that its civic body wants to widen further to ease traffic.mumbai Updated: Nov 21, 2016 01:12 IST
The Colaba Causeway, DN Road in Fort, and SV Road are among 177 thoroughfares in Mumbai that its civic body wants to widen further to ease traffic. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) also plans to build 70 link roads where they are missing, such as between the Express Highway and Lady Jamshedji Cross Road near Mahim, Dr E Moses road and Lala Lajpatrai road, and Madh Marve and Madh Jetty.
While the civic body is yet to ascertain the amount of land that needs to be acquired to widen roads and develop missing links, removing encroachments will be one of its biggest hurdles. Sources close to the development said the roads that are not surrounded by encroachments will be widened first.
All this is under the comprehensive mobility plan (CMP), phase one of which the BMC plans to complete by next year.
Civic chief Ajoy Mehta, said, “I have instructed officials to start implementing the suggestions from the report and issue tenders at the earliest. We have also given the list of identified roads to the ward officers to start their ground work on it and it will help in better vehicular traffic management in the city.”
The CMP report suggests a review of the transport system and an action plan that needs to be executed by various government agencies phase wise — short term (2016-2019), midterm (2020-2024) and long term (2025-2034). According to the report, the civic body is likely to spend Rs7,962 crore on the short-term measures.
A senior civic officer from the roads and traffic department of the BMC said, “Encroachment is one of our major concerns. There are a lot of structures that will have to be identified and rehabilitated. And with the rehabilitation process taking time, short-term plans may overshoot the deadline. We have, however, asked ward officers to work on a war-footing to make this happen.”
Among the other roads to be widened were Madam Cama road near Mantralaya, Bhulabhai Desai Road at Malabar Hill, Mahim-Sion Link road, Senapati Bapat Marg near Mahim, and the link road near Andheri and Goregaon, among many others.