CSTM junction to transform on the lines of New York’s Times Square

At CSTM junction, pedestrians will get proper refuge islands with grass patches and food plazas will be set up ensuring they don’t block the subway entrance

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One of South Mumbai’s busiest junction, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSTM) is all set to become pedestrian-friendly, on the lines of Times Square in New York City. 

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NATCO) – Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI), will be undertaking this project. Prior to this, they have transformed Mith Chowki junction in Malad in 2017. Under GDCI, spaces will be demarcated for pedestrians and motorists at CSTM using paint and barricades. 

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has approved the plan for CSTM. Pedestrians will get proper refuge islands with grass patches and food plazas will be set up ensuring they don’t block the subway entrance.

Abhimanyu Prakash, Project Director of GDCI said that they are planning to create more selfie points for pedestrians. He added that they will also create a separate lane for cyclists. He also said post monsoon, they surveyed the 19 shortlisted junctions and have submitted designs to the BMC and traffic police for an approval. Out of 19, 10 of them have got the nod.

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 Apart from CSTM junction, ten of the 19 junctions across the city will be transformed in the next few months. 

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