Mumbai civic body plans to shift project-hit shop owners to its retail markets

The move by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s administration aims to speed up the road widening and link road projects

mumbai Updated: Jan 24, 2018 00:20 IST
Sagar Pillai
Sagar Pillai
Hindustan Times
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LBS Marg is heavily congested with many bottlenecks. (HT Photo)

Those shop owners displaced by road projects will either be rehabilitated to municipal retail markets or get monetary compensation.

The move by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s administration aims to speed up the road widening and link road projects.

The proposal to give monetary compensation is awaiting administrative approval whereas rehabilitation to municipal markets is yet to be proposed.

Some of the major infra projects such as construction of Goregaon-Mulund Link Road will affect around 300 to 500 commercial establishments. They are yet to be rehabilitated.

The project will be the fifth road connecting the eastern and the western suburbs and is expected to reduce traffic on the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road.

Civic officials are in the process of removing encroachments on the road paving the way for the Goregaon-Mulund Link Road project which is going to cost the BMC around Rs2,700 crore.

A senior official working on the project said, “We cannot afford to delay the project due to commercial establishments that could easily be rehabilitated or compensated. We have faced opposition from some of the commercial project-affected people (PAP).”

Projects such as widening of Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) Road and Swami Vivekanand Road in the western suburbs will also require removing many establishments along the road. The project-affected shop owners at LBS Marg and SV Road have already opposed the plan.

“But, the widening of the two roads is important to ease the city’s traffic congestion,” said a senior civic official.

The 21-km LBS Road (from Sion to Mulund) is heavily congested and several establishments along the road create bottlenecks.

A senior civic official said, “The rehabilitation of commercial project-hit people to retail markets is yet to be proposed to the administration. The proposed monetary compensation is yet to be approved. We have around 92 retail markets in the city which are vacant. Around 90 markets for PAP are filled. Commercial PAP do not want to go to these markets fearing they would lose their business by shifting to a far off location.”

There are more than 1,600 commercial PAP who are yet to be rehabilitated or compensated. Officials from the market department said there is a scope to make the markets more attractive so that the shop owners shift willingly.

An official said, “Around 17 retail markets are undergoing redevelopment and some others are yet to be redeveloped.”

First Published: Jan 24, 2018 00:20 IST