The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) draft development plan (DP) 2034 has laid significant focus on improving pedestrian facilities in the city. To make things easier, it has proposed construction of arcaded footpaths along major roads near railway stations.
Separate guidelines for streetscapes have been laid out in the draft Special Development Control Regulations (SDCR) 2034 presented on Monday by municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte as part of the DP.
The guidelines have set standards for constructing arcades on major streets leading to railway stations such as Mahim, Vikhroli, Bandra (East), Dadar, Goregaon and Borivli.
The streetscape guidelines have also been formulated in light of the floor space index (FSI) hike proposed by the DP in transit-oriented development zones, which aims to encourage the use of public transport.
The FSI maps prepared for each of the 150 planning sectors that the city is divided into has demarcated roads where arcades will be built for pedestrian safety.
The concept has been drawn from the pillared arches that currently exist along the Dadabhai Naoroji Road in Fort and the Shahid Bhagat Singh Road in Colaba.
“The arcades in Fort area lend a special character to DN Road and provide shade to both hawkers and pedestrians,” the DP report said.
It also said main roads such as Dr BA Ambedkar Road between Dadar and Sion and Lady Jamshedji Road in Mahim can be potentially developed into arcaded streets.
The General DCR has also stipulated differing width of footpaths for varying width of roads in the city.
However, experts are sceptical of the implementation of these regulations. “It is yet unclear on how these norms will be followed. It is possible the arcades will be fragmented as some buildings on a road might construct it while others may not,” said Rishi Aggarwal, Project .“What is needed is the formulation of a street design manual and its proper implementation by the roads department.”