In a seemingly major boost to the development and maintenance of roads, the BMC has increased the capital expenditure on roads by almost 62 per cent to Rs 2, 500 crore in 2014-15. However, it hopes to spend Rs 1,016 crore, or just about two-thirds of the budget estimate.
The civic body has repeatedly drawn flak for the poor condition of roads. For the first time, a master plan for road and traffic for the coming three years has been prepared. According to it, roads totalling 1,239 km are proposed to be improved at an approximate cost of Rs 7,774 crore. The total length of roads in Mumbai is 1,941 km.
The civic body has proposed to improve 78 km of cement concrete roads and 149 km of asphalt roads during 2014-15. For this, a provision of Rs 954 crore and Rs 1,180 crore, respectively, has been made. The two major suburban arterial roads — S V Road and R C Marg — are also proposed to be taken up for improvement.
Another initiative by the civic body involves a pilot project to assess pavement condition index, which will check roughness, undulation, potholes and rutting of surfaces.
A comprehensive mobility plan has been proposed to improve transportation systems, comprising pedestrians, cyclists and intermediate public transport, for easy access to major employment and educational institutes.