Treasure Island spawns traffic problems, too
IN THE era of consumer disposables, Tukoganj seems to have become the ultimate luxury - a throwaway locality. Not too long ago, the neighbourhood abutting MG Road was a quiet, leafy residential enclave, populated largely by minions of the erstwhile ruling family.Updated: Mar 09, 2006 15:32 IST
IN THE era of consumer disposables, Tukoganj seems to have become the ultimate luxury - a throwaway locality. Not too long ago, the neighbourhood abutting MG Road was a quiet, leafy residential enclave, populated largely by minions of the erstwhile ruling family.
The construction of the Rs 70 crore Treasure Island mall-cum-multiplex, however, has taken care of all that. Today, the once-sylvan area is slowly falling apart, a victim to impossibly high burdens placed on civic infrastructure by thousands of visitors who troop into the mall everyday.
Both groundwater and ambient air pollution levels have registered an increase ever since Treasure Island was opened to the public. Residents have cried themselves hoarse over the civic and environmental degradation caused by the mall, but to no avail.
The administrative somnolence has emboldened the Treasure Island management to a degree where they feel no need to impose any strictures on visitors, even if it means inconveniencing nearby inhabitants. Take parking, assuredly the most easily remediable of all the grievances spawned by the mall-cum-multiplex.
An estimated 2,000 to 5,000 people visit the mall every day and the number goes up to 8,000 on weekends. As the parking facility at the mall is as yet incomplete shoppers station their vehicles within the premises of apartment blocks and buildings in neighbouring Tukoganj. Repeated complaints to the Collector, Indore Municipal Corporation
and the Superintendent of Police have borne no results, charge residents.
The menace has assumed such proportions that many a building in the area has been forced to appoint additional security guards solely to check unauthorised parking.
The space crunch forced Entertainment World Developers Private Limited (EWDPL), the firm that developed Treasure Island, to rent a vacant plot located nearby for parking purposes. However, visitors, especially the well-heeled and politically connected, prefer to station their wheels on the ultra-busy MG Road itself.
As a result, traffic jams have become a regular feature at MG Road, especially on weekends. Instead of ameliorating the situation the State Government is mulling a proposal to convert a stretch of the MG Road (From Hukumchand Ghantaghar to Regal Talkies) into a one-way to `ease’ traffic problems.
The move would prove a disaster for nearly 200 businesses and residences, who would be forced to take a kilometre long detour if the one-way proposal comes through. That the government is willing to overlook the problems faced by the approximately 1,000-odd visitors to favour the mall speaks volumes of the clout wielded by Treasure Island owners.
And what of Tukoganj residents who are being forced to pay the price for the avarice and narrow vision of town planners who allowed the mall to come up in a residential neighbourhood? Do they stand any chance of getting their grievances redressed? Will the district administration safeguard their rights by ensuring that multiplex visitors do not infringe on their privacy? Attempts to contact the DSP Traffic on the issue proved futile.
Shangrila Apartments Co-op Housing Society Ltd Secretary, Dr VP Jalili: We have complained repeatedly about the parking infringements to the Collector, Superintendent of Police and Indore Municipal Corporation Commissioner, but to no avail.
The large number of vehicles parked outside the gates of the two buildings (Ambar and Megh) makes it practically impossible to gain access to our flats, particularly in the latter half. If this is the condition when only four of its six floors are operational, one shudders to think what will become of the traffic at MG Road and Tukoganj once the screening of movies begins.
First Published: Mar 09, 2006 15:32 IST