By Accommodation Times News Service
With the first phase of the monorail set to roll out in September, the city’s development authority has drafted a Rs 16-crore plan to decongest the proposed station areas and ensure smooth dispersal of traffic — akin to a plan it had drawn for the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro.
MMRDA plans to make available parking facilities for two-wheelers and cycles near the seven stations of the 8.3-km Chembur-Wadala corridor. It is also trying to make space for auto rickshaw stands.
“The monorail passes through many narrow stretches, so we are in the process of identifying some bylanes to the roads that can be used to create parking and autorickshaw stands. We won’t have parking facilities for four-wheelers as it is not likely that people will take their cars to commute by the monorail, considering the corridor are short,” said Ashwini Bhide, additional metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA.
The Chembur-Wadala monorail will halt at Bhakti Park, Mysore Colony, V N Purav Marg, Fertilizer Colony and R C Marg. The development authority has invited proposals from companies to implement the traffic dispersal plan, involving installation of railings, signage, clearing encroachments and coordinating with different agencies.
The MMRDA has also had discussions with the BMC, BEST and the traffic police department to implement the plan. Like it has planned for the Metro stations, the MMRDA has proposed strict no-parking around the station areas. It has identified stretches such as R C Marg and areas closer to Chembur station where the road is not as wide as indicated in the civic body’s development plan. At such places, it has sought the civic body’s help in clearing encroachments and constructing footpaths.
Meanwhile, BEST is working on shifting about three or four bus stops that could impede traffic flow. Similarly, new bus stops would be set up near stations.
“We have been working on this for six to seven months. We had also given a presentation of the plan to the state’s empowered committee on Mumbai transformation and got the chief secretary’s approval,” Bhide said. The first phase of the Chembur-Wadala-Jacob Circle monorail is expected to be commissioned for public use by September, while the next phase from Wadala to Jacob Circle would be completed a year later. Construction of the Chembur-Wadala corridor has been completed and the contractors, L&T and Malaysia’s Scomi Engineering, are conducting trial runs. The corridor will be opened for the public once Singapore’s mass transit company, SMRT Corp, which has been appointed as an independent safety auditor, and a retired Commissioner of Railway Safety declare the monorail safe.