The Mumbaikars, very soon, will enjoy more comfort as the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority is all set to open four more skywalks partly. “Now that the monsoon is over, we have put the construction work of all skywalks on the fast track and are confident of opening four skywalks partly by November end.”, said Ms.Ashwini Bhide, Joint Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, after visiting various skywalk sites.
The four skywalks that will be thrown open partly are at Borivli (West), Chembur (West), Ghatkopar (West) and Ulhasnagar (West).
“The MMRDA has also geared up its operations to open twelve more skywalks, partly or fully, by the year end. The basic idea is to make sure that the Mumbaikars do not have to wait for the completion of the skywalks while an arm or two can be used at a particular stage”, continued Ms.Bhide.
The twelve skywalks that will be thrown open, partly or fully, by the year end are Dahisar-E, Virar-W, Vasai-W, Bandra-W, Vidyavihar-W (all fully) and Grand Road, Santacruz-E&W, Vile Parle-W, Kandivli-E, Kalyan-W and Bhandup-W, (all partly).
As of today the fully operational skywalks are at Kalanagar, Bandra-E extension, Kanjurmarg and the partly opened are at Dahisar-W, Mira Road-E and Badlapur-E.
To the query as to how does MMRDA plan to counter encroachments on or below the skywalks, Ms.Bhide replied, “Most of the skywalks are aligned in the median of the road and moreover there is hardly any space left for any encroachment as the traffic continues to follow unhindered. The dividers put on the roads between the two skywalks pillars will also keep the encroachers at bay”.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority has planned in all 58 skywalks in the city of Mumbai and its metropolitan region and expects to complete all 58 skywalks by May 2010.var infolink_pid = 47188;