In a bid to maintain transparency in drafting the revised Development Plan 2014-34, in a first, all assistant municipal commissioners are in the process of verifying all the proposed roads in each ward. While some in the E-ward comprising Byculla and Mazgaon areas are yet to complete the process, others have made significant corrections and added recommendations.
Officials in the 24 wards conducted the verification process in the past couple of months, which included checking areas and alignments of proposed roads as well as cross-checking objections and suggestions that residents had submitted to the BMC. Some of the wards such as H-West, M-East and S-ward made recommendations that officials hope will improve the road alignments.
Ward officials said while some roads proposed in the original draft plan were cutting through buildings, others would have displaced a large number of people.
For instance, in M-East ward that covers Govandi, Mankhurd, Deonar, Trombay and neighbouring areas, one proposed road was through Sundar Bagh society and an adjoining slum housing about 5000 people located on WT Patil Marg in Govandi. “The proposed road, if built, will displace 150-odd families. We have thus suggested that the road be realigned,” said M-East Assistant Municipal Commissioner Kiran Dighavkar. Other corrections included the boundaries of the RCF Colony that was shown spilling on to a few private societies.
Dighavkar said their recommendations included a bridge to be built over a nullah in Mohite-Patil Nagar for the residents who have to walk through sludge consisting of bio-medical waste and sewage. “Schoolchildren and others walk through the sludge, which breeds diseases. A bridge there is essential and people need it for better connectivity,” said Dighavkar. Children currently use a temporary bamboo bridge to reach school every day.
In H-West ward, a road was proposed along Apostolic Carmel School in Bandra that was marked as touching the school building and through the open space next to the school. “The road was too close to the school building. Besides, St. Paul’s Road is already present. Thus, we have recommended that the road be cancelled,” said Rajesh Yadav, assistant engineer (maintenance) at H-West ward which covers Bandra, Santa Cruz and Khar. Another road which was proposed through the basement parking of a 10 floor high building in Union Park was recommended for realignment.
In order to improve connectivity for vehicles opting to take the Bandra-Worli sea-link route, Assistant Municipal Commissioner of H-West ward Sharad Ughade stated that an elevated ramp would be built to make an exit on to KC Marg in Bandra Reclamation. “We will connect the sealink road with K C Marg by building an elevated ramp. This will improve connectivity and smoothen traffic movement significantly towards Lilavati Hospital and S V Road,” said Ughade. Ward officials have also taken care to ensure that tree felling is minimised. In S-Ward, which covers Powai, Bhandup, Nahur and Vikhroli, one proposed road sought by a housing society as an access road would have cost 60-70 trees in the Hiranandani Complex. Ward officials didn’t see merit in the proposal and the road was recommended to be realigned using the housing society’s premises instead.
A consolidated report on all alterations made to the revised draft of the Development Plan is expected to be released next week.