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Mumbai’s Road Infrastructure

July 9th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Someone said to me the other day, “India has built one sea-link in 70 years. China would have probably built 70 in a year.” Leaving aside the exaggeration, it just goes to show how poor we are on envisioning what is needed and how slow we are on executing public infrastructure projects.

If there is one city which is screaming for the use of the sea for transportation, it is Mumbai. We should have had a bridge ring around Mumbai with touchpoints at different places on land. And as buildings go higher and higher (the latest being an announcement for the world’s tallest residential building), there is little being done about the roads around. And many of the footpaths have been either encroached uponby shops or taken over by slum-dwellers (each with a vote, so almost impossible).

Mumbai needs a a citizen’s activist group to start looking at the infrastructure city – because the government ministers, with their red-light cars and advance vehicles which clear the roads, won’t.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Piyush // Jul 9, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Forget bridges. Ships which start from Colaba and go to Haji ali, Bandra, Juhu, Andheri, Malad and Borivali can solve a lot of traffic problems. Imagine a ship with a coffee shop, TV/movie room and cafeteria! They have such a plan but it has been there in the files for almost 20 years now

  • 2 fo.unta.in // Jul 9, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    The challenge is, how do we estimate for, say 5 years down the line, given the explosive growth phase the country is in? a classic example is bangalore airport, it was under capacity the day it opened up operations.

  • 3 Jignesh // Jul 10, 2010 at 11:13 am

    action is required.

    when anyone is starting a citizen’s activist group kindly let me know .. i will be available.

  • 4 Himanshu // Jul 15, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Rajesh,

    I have a idea about making Mumbai free of traffic hassles which I am thinking from a long time and I need some few more ideas from thinkers like you. I want to prepare a feasibility report and want to forward it to the transport minister but am not sure from where can I get correct data.

    Would appreciate, if you can guide me.

    Regards,
    Himanshu.

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