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Mall owners firm up plan to ease traffic in Vastrapur area

AlphaOne mall in Vastrapur area will now take up traffic management around its premises in coordination with the local municipal body.

Written by Avinash Nair | Ahmedabad | Published: March 4, 2012 6:02:54 am

AlphaOne mall in Vastrapur area will now take up traffic management around its premises in coordination with the local municipal body.

Gurgaon-based developers,Alpha G:Corp,which owns and operates the mall,is preparing a blueprint for traffic management of Vastrapur area in wake of the rising incidence of traffic jams after the mall became operational about four months ago.

This mall was in the news when the secretary (information and broadcasting) asked the collector to review its multiplex’s licence after residents complained of disturbance from its late night shows. However the Gujarat High Court has set aside this order.

At least 40,000 people visit the mall on weekends and holidays and this plan hopes to de-congest and regulate the large number of vehicles that ply daily through the narrow routes that circumvent the Vastrapur lake during rush hour. The plan also attempts to create a special hawking zone in the area,where a number of make-shift eateries come alive in the evening.

“We are taking the help of a voluntary organisation that provides consultancy on issues related to traffic management. We will start the dry run by the end of March and implement the plan by April,” said Prodipta Sen,executive director of Alpha G:Corp.

Once the blue-print is ready,the mall authorities will approach the traffic police and the municipal corporation officials for the necessary clearances. “Along with the traffic management,we have also proposed to take over the management of the entire Vastrapur lake which is situated in front of the mall. We are planning to beautify the entire zone surrounding the lake,” Sen said.

On Sundays,over 40,000 shopaholics visit the mall,while on weekdays,the figure is in the range of 18,000-24,000,the mall authorities claimed. About 40 per cent of these visitors come in cars,15 per cent on two-wheelers and the remaining part use the public transport,official sources said.

“The officials from the AlphaOne mall have sought our help in managing the traffic in the area. We are currently deploying three times more staff in the area to manage the traffic on holidays,” says Nilesh Jajadia,DCP,Traffic,Zone-1.

The mall has three-level parking facilities and can accommodate 1,200 cars and 2,000 two-wheelers at any given point in time. However,visitors tend to park their vehicles on the roads which adds to the congestion in the area.

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