In a bid to provide a smoother commute to Mumbaiites, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will start implementing the projects suggested in the Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) starting next month. According to senior civic officials, phase 1 of the plan will include implementing short-term projects to improve traffic management. These will include improving traffic signals, creating a traffic advisory panel and skill and technology transfer to improve traffic management in the city.
BMC will also look at setting-up air traffic control (ATC) signals across the city. In the new system, sensors are fitted on the road that gauge the traffic volume and adjust signal cycles accordingly. Citizens will benefit with the new system as it is expected to reduce the waiting time at signals. In the advisory panel, the study suggests recruiting graduates and experts with training in traffic management that will work along with the department to solve traffic woes in the city.
The study, that has looked at the city’s traffic scenarios, work patterns and population growth, also suggests setting up dedicated bus lanes in important corridors to augment public transport.
SVR Srinivas, additional municipal commissioner, in-charge of the roads and traffic department in BMC said, “We are working towards implementing short-term measures first. We will also call for a meeting with BEST to look at creating dedicated bus routes as suggested in the study in the first phase.”
The study suggests 74.4km dedicated bus routes along important corridors in the city. Among the prominent routes include a 25.9km stretch for the Western Express Highway (between Bandra and Dahisar) and a 19.2km dedicated lane from Sion to Mulund on the Eastern Express Highway. The CMP report also recommends a 3.8km dedicated bus lane at the Bandra-Kurla Complex. Apart from this, it also includes routes like Madame Cama Road, Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road (GMLR) and the Lalalajpatrai Marg (between Haji Ali and Worli Naka). The study stated the number of private vehicles is rising steadily in the city, while the number of BEST buses, the major public transport provider on the road, is falling. According to the study, cars and two-wheelers entering the city have increased by 8.4% and 6.5% respectively in the past seven years.
BMC officials recently has a meeting with all city stakeholders including Railways, traffic department, BEST, the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority to set priorities. Officials said they will also look at missing road links that needs to be addressed as per the study. “The study suggests that we look at Jacob Circle and E Moses road to identify missing links and improve the traffic situation,” Srinivas said.