In a bid to prepare a road map for the city and upgrade its public transport, the BMC has come up with a comprehensive mobility plan that envisages an integrated fare structure and common ticketing system. The plan, which, if implemented, can provide a far smoother travelling experience to the city’s commuters, has been submitted to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for feedback.
The transportation strategy plan has been charted in three phases — short term (till 2019), medium term (till 2024) and long term (till 2034).
“The city should not be taken by surprise, which is why it is important to prepare a road map and then prioritise and organise funding for projects accordingly. The plan will take into consideration land use planning, employment and population potential as well as public transport,” said additional municipal commissioner SVR Srinivas.
As per the plan, measures will be taken for travel demand management by looking into aspects such as parking policy and secure methods of encroachment removal along major transportation corridors. Long-term transportation corridors will be protected and transport investment plans will be reviewed and updated every five years. Policies to promote Transit Oriented Development will also be implemented.
The action plan was created on the basis of a survey that predicts the population of the city to be 13.9 million by 2034. The number of private vehicles is expected to increase from 22.7 lakh in 2015 to a staggering 56.2 lakh by 2034. The survey also stated that 67% of vehicles move at a speed below 20 kmph during the evening peak hours, which is higher than in the morning or in the off-peak hours.
It also noted that the number of road accidents has steadily dropped from 28,424 in 2010 to 22,599 in 2014.