To improve last-mile connectivity and walk-to-walk culture in Mumbai City, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is planning to develop Pedestrian Pathways alongside the currently under-construction metro corridors of Line 2A and 7. As per the senior officials from MMRDA, these pedestrian Pathways will be 2.5 meters wide and will have the facilities of benches at frequent intervals.
The officials said that they have also planned to plant trees on the Pathways so as to keep the space free from pollution.
Elaborating more on the plan of MMRDA, an official said, “The project has been divided into two phases that will include 15 stations of both the corridors. In phase 1, the pedestrian Pathways will be developed between Andheri and Malad stations, while in phase-2 the development will take place between Kandivali and Dahisar stations.”
MMRDA has already planned the route map and preliminary work and will soon float tender regarding the same. At the same time, the authority has also planned to develop parking spaces for buses, rickshaws and private vehicles near the metro stations that will fall on both the corridors. However, the authority will give more priority to buses that would park them on the stops near the metro stations.
All this will help in curbing the increasing pollutions and vehicular movement across the city as well as promote walk-to-walk culture thereby leading to a healthier and happier life for the Mumbaikars.
After the successful implementation of such a project on Hyderabad’s Ameerpet-HITEC City metro corridor, the MMRDA has planned to implement the same in Mumbai too.