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Why is such a lot of money being spent on skywalks that are inconvenient, a Metro that cannot accommodate large numbers, a monorail and a sea link for a privileged few?

When I read a newspaper report earlier this week that there is insufficient space to accommodate escalators at the skywalks which are coming up across Mumbai, I just could not help thinking that the blokes at MMRDA (Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority) are very capable of messing around with matters of public importance without application of mind from the outset. The lucre of Rs600 crore (allocated for the skywalk projects) was too big not to be attracted to, or delay, lest they were halted in their tracks. The contract costs have since escalated to Rs735 crore.

The design of the skywalks does not support the aim of making the journey for pedestrians easier and safer. Let alone the convenience of the average pedestrian, the design also grossly violates the accessibility aspect with regard to the Disability Act 1995. The usage of skywalks that have already been commissioned is dismally poor. And all this is coming up after Rs385 crore has been spent and numerous trees have been chopped down. Is this not a scandal of sorts?

After the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) is completed, the carrying capacity of the railway system will increase to 1,80,000 pph (passengers per hour) from the current 1,50,000 pph. The load on the railway system is around 3,60,000 pph. Thus, there will be a shortfall of 1,80,000 pph even after the MUTP has been completed. We know that the capacity of the Metro will be about 72,000 pph after it has been fully commissioned. So, the Metro would not be able to meet the needs of Mumbai's public transport requirements. Even after knowing this, MMRDA is pursuing with the Metro Rail. Is not the lucre of the over Rs60,000 crore Metro Rail Project more attractive than the Rs3,000 crore cost of the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS)? Is this decision also not bordering on a scandal of sorts?

The monorail project has gone ahead, again, without any analysis in terms of both the need and utility compared with other modes of public transport like BRTS and Skybus. Does this also not border a scandal of sorts?

We are also seeing that due to non-availability of funds, all kinds of manipulations are being carried out to get the projects moving. MMRDA is planning to start work on all the remaining eight lines together, with the objective of completing them by 2014! Are not the guys at MMRDA being too ambitious, perhaps even greedy, to think of doing all of it simultaneously, thereby subjecting the whole population to great distress over a long period?

Then there is the 5 lakh rental housing scheme-most unimaginatively conceived, at faraway locations, a high cost of transport and long duration of unsafe travel. Is this not another scandal of sorts?

About Rs1,600 crore was spent on the Bandra-Worli Sea link for about 35,000 users to travel swiftly, while 60,00,000 people travel on suburban trains in super-crush load during the peak periods. Now it is envisaged to extend the sea link to Nariman Point, without any consideration of the high cost and low utilisation. But spend just about Rs3,000 crore on a 200km network for BRTS instead of, or along with the high-end ticket projects, and we could save 4,000 lives that are lost in rail accidents every year. Is this also not a scandal of sorts?
 

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jpnair

6 years ago

i fully appreciate the issues. i too wondered why at every station sky walk is required. what's the guarantee that hawkers will not encroach it. it is the inability of administration to check this. soon the narrow sky walks too will have little space due to encroachment. eg: dadar bridge. it is full of hawkers in the middle of the bridge at evening peak hours. any answers?

jd

6 years ago

SKYWALK ARE A NORM AROUNDTHE WORLD BUT THEY ARE PROPERLY DESIGNED WITH ESCALTORS AT PROPER POINTS.

ESPECIALLY SKYWALKS FROM STATION TO A PLACE FAR AWAY TO AVOID CROWDING BY RICKSHAWS IN SUBURBS AND BUS QUEUES AT CHURCHGATE.

UNDERGROUND METROS WITH BUILDINGS ON TOP OF STATIONS ARE MOST CONVENIENT WAYS OF DEVELOPING CITY.

JUST LOOK AT SINGAORE AND HONG KONG , THEY HAVE USED THEIR SEA LANES MOST EFFICIENTLY AND IS A VERY CHEAP MODE OF TRANSPORT.

Nagesh KiniFCA

6 years ago

in deed the skywalks and flyovers are in fact white elephants. flywalk have crashed and the one at lalbagh pulled down to facilitate the smooth movement of the lalbaghcha raja a matoshree decision over the head of the mayor. the tiles of the first flywalk came out within the first one month. The first escalator installed at Charni Road stooped functioning because the wind blown sand from chowpatty was not taken care of. We need more foot paths/pavements and less of these money guzzling white elephants. The police will testify to the fact that the chain snatching occurs only for those walking on the road when there are bad footpaths, even those that exist are encroached by hawkers and shop keepers. There are more cars than foot paths. Morning and evening walkers have to bring in their cars just because there are no pavements to come to open spaces more elders have fallen victims to injuries on bad foot paths. The BRTS isan excellent solution will it work when motorists don't give way to fire engines and ambulances?

Girish

6 years ago

Sadly, we can do precious little... Our surroundings are rife with such instances aplenty.... it is not only scandal... It is completely amoral... and more than criminal. There should be provision to book these people responsible for homicide of ppl loosing lives

SANarayan

6 years ago

Can not the new Chief Minister stop or keep on hold major, apparently public improvement projects, until there is better public participation and comments on each scheme? Details of every scheme planned, needs to be put online and advertised in the print media for people to comment online which can be read by other citizens so that some sort of trend of opinions can be discerned for further action. For all this adequate time must be given for people to comment. Will the new CM oblige for better citizen participation and greater transparency?

ss

6 years ago

Dear Sir,

Thank you for propagating BRTS & Skybus projects. I have read all your articles in the past & it is surprising to see that inspite of your repeated requests to implement BRTS & Skybus, MMRDA continues to stick to the outdated & expensive technologies like Metro & Monorail.

Sir in case if you require our support to make this city a lot better please let us know. Together we can & together we will.

We are really proud of you. We are happy to see that a person of your stature is actively taking up the issues which will improve our quality of life in Mumbai.

SS

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