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96210PATH Article - BMC gets walking on better footpaths for major roads

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    Jun 25, 2014
      URL: http://epaper.dnaindia.com/story.aspx?id=62128&boxid=30947&ed_date=2014-04-01&ed_code=820009&ed_page=6

      BMC gets walking on better footpaths for major roads

      The BMC plans to take up works on about 1,000 major roads, to provide better
      facilities for pedestrian by focusing on design elements. A primary objective
      is to ensure that these facilities help particularly the disabled.

      Work has begun on Dinshaw Wacha Road in Churchgate. Mahapalika Road, the road
      connecting Churchgate and Nariman Point and Pedder Road will be next.

      One of the major features will be to link the footpaths so they are a
      continuous stretch. “The footpaths break at the gates of buildings, so it
      is difficult for people, especially the disabled, to climb up and down. As a
      result, many people walk on the road, risking an accident,” said SVR
      Srinivas, additional municipal commissioner (eastern suburbs).

      Srinivas explained that besides general repairs, a special quality of tiles
      (sandblasted tiles) would be used to level the footpaths.

      The work will also involve moving various external utilities such as post
      boxes and electrical poles to one side so that the footpath is free of such

      Bollards are to be put up at regular intervals to prevent parking of vehicles
      on footpaths.

      Srinivas said the plan was appreciated at at recent meeting of the
      recently-set up traffic think tank, comprising representatives of citizen
      groups and experts.

      “This is a welcome move. The initiative should be extended to other public
      spaces like bus stops, parks, and include approach roads to public
      institutions like schools, colleges, hospitals and banks,” said Neenu
      Kewlani, who has campaigned for the rights of the disabled.

      Civic officials said the work on Mahapalika Road and the Churchgate-Nariman
      Point Road would be started after a month, when the roads will be less
      crowded as a result of the summer vacation.

      “We have to carry out the work in phases to ensure that traffic is not
      disrupted,” Srinivasan said.

      Funds amounting to Rs3,000 crore have been sanctioned for the road works.
      This will cover the carriageway, the median and the footpaths.


      Already, the civic body has started pre-monsoon work on some of the severely
      damaged roads. One example is the P D’Mello Road.