Civic body thinks of eight ways out of Mum­bai’s traf­fic mess

‘Miss­ing links’ to cut dis­tance be­tween select lo­ca­tions by at least half, says BMC

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - Ee­shan­priya M S

MUM­BAI: The Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) has what it be­lieves, iden­ti­fied the miss­ing link, eight of them, to a smoother com­mute in the city. Un­der the Com­pre­hen­sive Mo­bil­ity Plan (CMP) 2034, the civic body plans to con­struct these miss­ing links — the short­est pos­si­ble road be­tween two par­al­lels ones that see con­stant heavy traf­fic — within the next few years.

All eight links con­nect two lo­ca­tions or roads that are at dis­tances rang­ing be­tween 1km and 4km.

Ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial, once the miss­ing links are con­structed, the dis­tance be­tween the spots will be re­duced to less than half the present dis­tance. The lo­ca­tions were iden­ti­fied based on the amount of traf­fic in the area, present ease of con­nec­tiv­ity and pop­u­la­tion den­sity.

Of­fi­cials said the BMC is presently study­ing the fea­si­bil­ity of con­struct­ing these roads, one in the is­land city, three in the western suburbs and four in the east­ern suburbs.

Ac­cord­ing to them, the con­struc­tion of the routes would re­quire land ac­qui­si­tion and re­set­tle­ment of project-af­fected peo­ple (PAP), mak­ing it a lengthy process.

Vinod Chithore, di­rec­tor of en­gi­neer­ing ser­vices and projects in BMC, said, “These miss­ing links will be con­structed as a pi­lot project. Based on their suc­cess, we will take up more such projects.”

A se­nior civic of­fi­cial from BMC’S traf­fic depart­ment said, “All miss­ing links we have iden­ti­fied go through slum set­tle­ments. So land ac­qui­si­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion is a ma­jor com­po­nent of project plan­ning. BMC is look­ing at a time pe­riod of up to five years be­fore the links are ac­tu­ally con­structed.”

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