Complete Street is ‘one change’ required for improving Mumbai’s Infrastructure
Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra, is one of the most important business centers in the country. People from all across the nation are moving to the ‘dream city to get better job opportunities. Undoubtedly, it is often compared to Shanghai, Dubai, and New York. However, while the city’s high sky is pleasing to the eye, transportation infrastructure is fraught with problems.
The city’s streets are congested with a continuous process created by various smoke and noise detection systems. Also, there is a lack of safe and public spaces for people of all ages and skills who can easily access them.
In many Indian cities, the number of bicycle rides and bicycles is 40-50 percent of the total cost, and less than a quarter of the city’s trips are made in private cars. However, apart from these numbers, the focus on transport planning in India has long been focused on improving the availability of personal vehicles. Because of this, pedestrians and cyclists have often been pushed aside.
“I have continued cycling since I was ten years old, but in Mumbai, it is a nightmare. I am always vigilant about my safety. However, even if I get a chance to tread on the streets early in the morning, traffic always works like a dampener. You don’t always want to be in the middle of the noise, and security, as I said, is always a risk,” said Mitesh Singhal, a marketing expert.
This is where perfect roads can lead. It is a construction method that creates planned, designed, operated, and well-maintained roads to enable safe, easy, comfortable, and accessible travel for all users.
“Complete road plans incorporate traffic mitigation, donated and safe pedestrian areas, integrated public transport, and non-motorized transport services such as cycling and pedestrian infrastructure. In addition, they make the transportation of individuals, cyclists, commuters, and vehicles more secure and enjoyable by equitable distribution of space,” explains Mansi Sahu, Director and Urban Architect, StudioPOD.
Another complete road is currently underway in the Lower Parel district of Mumbai, which is expected to have more than three kilometers of the footpath, including a separate track for cyclists. In addition, it is also planned to provide a new public space to be launched under Lower Parel flyovers with upgraded lighting, seating areas, playground, gym equipment, and artwork.
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