Parking can be as much a nightmare as driving on Mumbai’s roads and the upcoming coastal road project is set to make the problem even worse. To tackle it, the civic body has decided to develop parking facilities along the coastal road.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials said multi-level parking slots would be constructed at all 12 interchanges on the road that is being planned from Nariman Point to Kandivli. The roads near these interchanges may also be used for parking.
An interchange facilitates traffic movement from one road to another without requiring vehicles to stop.
BMC chief engineer (roads) Ashok Pawar said “These parking facilities will regulate the parking system effectively and ensure that traffic congestion does not occur at openings to the coastal road and nearby roads. We are working on the plan on how to develop these facilities.”
Activists blamed the civic agency for investing huge amounts of money to serve just 6% of Mumbai’s citizens.
Advocate Godfrey Pimenta of NGO Watchdog Foundation said, “The coastal road will mostly benefit car users, who account for just 6% of the total commuters in the city. The parking facilities will bring more cars on to the roads, which goes against the new government’s vision of developing a strong public transport system in the city.”
However, the BMC does plan to build taxi stands and bus stands at all interchanges, which can be used by commuters travelling on the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) on the coastal road, officials said.
“Commuters who do not have cars could travel on the BRTS and get down at any interchange and take a taxi or public transport to go to any location in the city. The journey time will reduce significantly because of the faster BRTS and its connectivity with other modes of transport,” said a civic official who requested anonymity.
There will be one to 12 taxi stands at every interchange and each stand will have a standing capacity of 20 taxis. The BMC will build walkways to connect the bus stands, parking slots and taxi stands with the coastal road.