A month after the municipal corporation cleared the plan to build a multi-storey underground parking lot at Crawford Market, it proposed to build a pedestrian plaza over the lot.
On Thursday, the corporation announced its plan to create an exclusive 4,000 sq ft pedestrian plaza in the south Mumbai market.
“We plan to develop the area for pedestrian plaza — a small middle-class plaza,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner R.A. Rajeev.
This comes as good news for shoppers who throng Crawford Market and the nearby wholesale grocery and cloth markets on Mohammad Ali Road and Kumbharwada area.
During peak office hours, the area requires parking space for about 3,000 vehicles, but the proposed underground parking lot could provide space for about 1,500 vehicles.
The corporation is also considering constructing three underground tunnel-like routes to divert traffic from JJ School of Arts opposite Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to Lokmanya Tilak Road via Crawford Market. Hindustan Times had first reported this on March 19.
After the underground routes are constructed, no private vehicle will be allowed to park or ply in a radius of 500 m around the Crawford Market area.
The civic body has already appointed the Urban Mass Transit Company as the project development adviser, which will act as the coordinating agency for the underground parking lot project.
The project will take at least two years for completion.
“We have appointed a consultant for the underground parking lot project,” said Rajeev.
“The consultant suggested that the area above the parking lot could be used for a pedestrian plaza and will also work on the possibility of developing it,” he added.