The often chock-a-block area outside Andheri railway station could soon have a dedicated lane for two-wheelers and auto rickshaws, widened footpaths, raised pedestrian crossings and even a cycling track.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is working on implementing a first-of-its-kind corridor concept plan of the area around Andheri station. The plan aims to decongest vehicular traffic and ease pedestrian movement.
Drafted by LEA Associates South Asia Pvt Ltd – a BMC-appointed consultant – the plan focuses on giving priority to pedestrians, integrating pedestrian movement with public transit modes and maximising utility of right-of-way corridors.
The plan, submitted to the civic body three months ago, had studied three arterial roads – SV Road and JP Road in Andheri (West) and MV Road in Andheri (East) – and three sub-arterial roads in Andheri (West) – Caesar Road, Bhardawadi Lane and Dawood Baug Lane.
“On the Ghatkopar-Versova metro route, Andheri metro station witnesses the highest passenger density. Hence, we decided to take up designing of the dispersal systems around it. I am holding discussions with the traffic department regarding the plan’s implementation,” said SVR Srinivas, additional municipal commissioner, in charge of roads and traffic in the city.
The plan also includes innovative recommendations to ease the flow of vehicular traffic. For instance, it calls for developing a dedicated lane for two-wheelers and auto rickshaws on JP Road which connects Andheri railway station to interior areas of Andheri (West). Another distinctive proposition is to develop 2.5-metre raised cycling tracks on both sides of SV Road.
Raised road portions at pedestrian crossings and installation of guard railings to enhance pedestrian safety and construction of continuous footpaths with bollards and ramps are other highlights.
Street scaping and other pavement works of the six roads according to the plan will cost the BMC around Rs 27.74 crore.
Apart from Andheri, the BMC is also studying traffic connectivity issues around central business districts such as Lower Parel and Nariman Point.