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All for a better life in the city

mumbai Updated: Jan 11, 2010 01:04 IST
Shashank Rao

You’ve been putting up with the inconvenience all along. Now, the state has taken note of it and has decided to do something to make your life a shade better.

It could be about your daily commuting woes or the pushing and jostling past crowded footpaths occupied by illegal hawkers or the illegal vehicles parked on roads outside railway stations.

Chief Minister Ashok Chavan’s office has sent out a note to various government agencies, working for the development of Mumbai. It has sought an explanation for the city’s crumbling infrastructure and why the same is not up to the mark.

Chavan’s office has ordered government agencies like the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) and the Mumbai Traffic police to look into daily hardships faced by Mumbaiites.

“On Lok Shahi Din, after receiving a petition on various issues, the chief minister has asked agencies concerned to revert with detailed information,” said Ajit Kumar Jain, principal secretary to the chief minister.

“Only after receiving the same will Chavan decide on adequate steps to be taken.”

The agencies have been told to provide better commuting facilities, removal of hawkers and illegal vehicles parked on roads outside stations. The note has stated that space outside certain stations — CST, Churchgate, Mumbai Central, Dadar, Andheri, Borivli, Kurla, Ghatkopar, Vikhroli and Thane — need special attention.

“The general manager has instructed us to have hawker-free stations,” said A.K. Singh, public relations officer of Central Railway.

The Western Railway (WR) too feels that the basic job of clearing illegal hawkers and vehicles remains with the local authorities.

“We have approved 18 skywalks, connecting foot over-bridges that will help commuters,” said chief public relations officer of WR, S. Gupta.

Chavan has sought for a plan to create arterial road for vehicles from Mantralaya to Airport via JJ flyover and Marine Drive.

“We are implementing pay-and-park lots below flyovers along with beautification wherever possible,” said Satish Gavai, managing director of MSRDC.