The list of errors in the proposed development plan (DP) for Mumbai has one more addition. Perry Road in Bandra (West), an upmarket residential area, with a dozen popular heritage structures, has been marked as Residential Commercial (RC). This means it will be opened up for commercial establishments such as offices, hotels, shops and pubs — a move that will worsen the traffic situation in Bandra and also disturb the peaceful environment, according to worried residents.
Nearly 40 housing societies, including bungalow owners, have come together under the banner of a residents’ association. Their demand: They feel the road cannot bear the burden of commercial buildings and shops and want the area to be kept non-commercial.
“We don’t want this arterial road to turn into another Hill Road. In the past two decades, we have seen how unplanned commercialisation and hawking have ruined good roads. Also, Perry Road has the finest examples of heritage bungalows of old Bandra and we don’t want it to be ruined by builders,” said David Fernandez, secretary, Perry Road Residents’ Association, who has sent an objection letter to the civic development plan department.
Perry Road is an arterial road leading to the Carter Road promenade, Joggers Park and the Bandstand promenade. It is home to heritages bungalows like The Priscilla and Peace Haven, among others.
The road shares nine junctions with adjoining roads like the Manuel Gonsalves Road, St Alexius Road, St Cyril Road, St Leos Road, St Andrews Road, D’Monte Park Road, St Paul’s Road, Kantwadi Road and Chimbai Extension Road. It also leads to more than nine educational institutions in the area.
“Bandra’s traffic woes because of shops, pubs and offices should have been kept in mind. The department was expected to understand the implications before making such changes in the DP,” said Anil Joseph, one of the residents.
“The commercial tag will worsen commuting in Bandra. The adjacent stretch, Turner Road, had residential buildings and bungalows, which is now a commercial mess. It has alarmed us and we don’t want such commercialisation,” states the objection letter.
Officials of the BMC’s DP department were not available for comment.