Even four years after it has been built, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is yet to put the pedestrian subway at Mahim to use.
The subway was built in 2008 at a cost of Rs3 crore to ease pedestrian traffic on the arterial Lady Jamshedji Road. With the civic body’s failure in diverting the underground utilities, the work was halted mid-way. Since then, the subway, now rendered defunct, remains shut.
“There could be many ways in which the space could have been used. A public library, study centre for poor children in the vicinity or even a primary health centre could have been set up in the space occupied by the half-built subway,” said Irfan Machiwala, Mahim-based civic activist.
Last year, after much deliberation, the civic body had agreed to a proposal to start an art gallery in the subway. “But, the proposal seems to be stuck. The subway continues to remain of no use to the residents. It is a perfect example of poor planning by the BMC,” said Anwar Khan, president, Dargah Street advanced locality management in Mahim.
Civic officials admitted that the proposal to start an art gallery in the subway has not made headway as yet. “We have not received orders from senior officials to go ahead with it,” said a civic official from G-North ward, on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
“If we open the subway, its maintenance would be a problem. We would need at least Rs3 lakh a month for its security and maintenance. Funds would have to be separately allocated and released,” said the official.
Mohan Adtani, additional municipal commissioner, was unavailable for comment.