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The increasing traffic congestion in Mumbai city is the prevalent problem of the city, and almost all of us have had first hand experience of traffic snarls. As a solution to this problem Mhada, CEO, Satish Gavai has released a concept note to minimize the congestion and tackle the traffic. Mumbai with its extensive telecommunication network and Internet penetration lends itself well to the concept of telecommunicating.
As per Mr. Gavai, it is a concept which if implemented well, is a potentially disruptive innovation capable bringing about a paradigm shift in urban planning. Undoubtedly, there will be many, who by virtue of the nature of their work, cannot telecommute. Borrowing from the philosophy of smart growth of cities, such work can be clustered in a distributed manner across Mumbai so as to ensure that even citizens in these professions do not have to travel more than five kilometres to work.
He said, “I am convinced that these can be overcome with education and commitment. There have been numerous pilot project implementations of telecommuting worldwide and everyone of them has yielded encouraging and positive results. The following concept note is an attempt to bring out the value of this revolutionary approach to the overcome the all pervading problems caused by congestion.”
In summary, Telecommuting will become more integrated within society as people evolve while they benefit from it in many areas including the reduction of highway congestion. Increasing the number of people who telecommute would not completely eliminate problems, but it would be an effective part of reducing congestion However, there will be numerous job functions that cannot adopt to tele-work. These will continue in their traditional form. Special clusters will provide for such work places. Large factories would therefore be located at the outskirts and would have their own mini townships.
MMRDA or MHADA could be mandated to develop such clusters. It could also be mandated with developing special clusters which will accommodate work places equipped with required infrastructure to ensure that no one needed to travel more than 5 kms to their workplace. Such clusters would be established across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The number of clusters would be market driven and would necessarily be connected to information highway. Mantralaya could be also clustered across the MMR. Of the 110 layouts which MHADA possesses, 54 are large layouts of more than 1 acre and can be utilised for this purpose.
Satish Gavai, CEO, Mhada