Nearly 88% of Mumbaiites are opposed to the idea of building skywalks in the city, 97% are against construction of more sea links and 38% say the city needs more roads and bridges.
These are the findings of a survey conducted by the Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) and 200 architecture students of Rachna Sansad Association of Architecture. The survey was conducted across 10 wards in the city and 2,000 people were interviewed about their aspirations for the city's revised development plan (DP). The last plan, which was implemented in 1991, will expire this year.
The results, according to Pankaj Joshi, executive director, UDRI, are “a mandate against the state's policies”.
“The results show that the people's aspirations for the city are exactly opposite to what the government is thrusting upon them,” said Joshi.
The survey focused on issues like health, transport, open spaces, environment, water supply, livelihood, housing, governance and education. Of the people interviewed, 47% stayed in apartments, while the rest lived in chawls, wadis and kuccha houses, with 68% having a toilet in their residence.
Joshi said the purpose of the survey was to help authorities incorporate these considerations while preparing the city's blueprint for development. “This survey is a ‘people’s brief’, which will be prepared and passed on to the government and the civic body.”
Responding to the survey's findings, state chief secretary Ratnakar Gaikwad said, “Skywalks are being used by about 1 million people per day. They create extra space for pedestrians without reducing width of road.”