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In Mumbai: Plan to unclog Kalyan-Dombivli roads gathers dust

Kalyan RTO conducted a six-month-long survey in 2015 and submitted a report to the town planning department, the civic body has been sitting on it

mumbai Updated: Aug 02, 2017 19:30 IST
Sajana Nambiar
Kalyan RTO appointed an 11-member committee to conduct a survey and come up with a proposal to have legal auto stands and bus stops to decongest the city.
Kalyan RTO appointed an 11-member committee to conduct a survey and come up with a proposal to have legal auto stands and bus stops to decongest the city. (Praful Gangurde)

Kalyan

Even after a survey conducted two years ago to decongest roads, the municipal corporation has failed to carry forward the proposal.

The illegally parked autorickshaws in Kalyan and Dombivli continue to obstruct traffic, making commute a nightmare.

In a bid to unclog the city roads, the municipal commissioner has plans to implement the long pending proposal of Kalyan Regional Transport (RTO) authority for legal autos and bus stands across the twin city.

In 2015, the Kalyan RTO conducted a six-month-long survey and submitted a report of the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) town planning department. But, the civic body has been sitting on it.

Municipal commissioner P Velarasu said he would finalise the proposal and implement it in a month.

“We are waiting for the approval of the civic transport body and the traffic police,” said Velarasu.

Kalyan RTO appointed an 11-member committee to conduct a survey and come up with a proposal to have legal auto stands and bus stops to decongest the city.

The committee comprised officials of RTO, traffic police, municipal corporation, civic transport body and passenger association members.

“I have pushed for the proposal which was pending with the town planning department of the KDMC,” said Sanjay Sasane, Deputy RTO, Kalyan.

There are several illegal auto stands across the twin city which cause congestion and obstruct roads. As the Kalyan and Dombivli station roads are chocked, there is no civic bus service from the station.

After the detailed survey, the committee finalised 128 autorickshaw stands for Kalyan (West) and 41 autorickshaw stands for Kalyan (East) and bus stops will be increased from 80 to 191.

The committee finalised 60 auto stands in Dombivli (East) and 79 in Dombivli (West). There are more than 200 auto stands in the city.

The RTO’s move for a survey came after the Kalyan Passengers’ Association filed a public interest litigation in the Bombay high court against rampant violation of Motor Vehicles Act in Kalyan Dombivli.

“Congestion will increase as the RTO will give more permits for autos and taxis. Before the number increases, the civic body should implement the plan. We prepared a detailed plan which will benefit the city,” said Rajendra Phadke, vice-president, Kalyan passengers’ association.

A senior KDMC official said the delay was caused due to the civic body’s plan to develop the city under smart city mission.

“The civic body had to hold the RTO’s proposal as it was busy finalising the traffic policy, parking policy and hawkers’ policy which come under the smart city project,” said the official who did not wish to be named.

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There are more than 200 illegal auto stands across Kalyan and Dombivli.

Auto count :

Kalyan: 7,741

Dombivli: 6,902

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CONGESTED SPOTS:

Shivaji chowk in Kalyan (West).

Indira Gandhi chowk in Dombivli.

Katemanivli Naka in Kalyan (East).