Three Key Mumbai Intersections Now Safer for Pedestrians

Three Key Mumbai Intersections Now Safer for Pedestrians

Traffic accidents have been a major concern for authorities in Mumbai. In a bid to curb this, the authorities have revamped three busy intersections in the metropolitan city. It is said that civic officials conducted the works during the lockdown. 

In terms of changes, the Bharatmata Junction at Parel and the Alvaris Junction near M. A. Podar Hospital (Worli) have now received a safe pathway for the pedestrians to cross the road. The intersection at Sant Jagnade Chowk is also currently going through a revamp. The Assistant Commissioner of the F-South ward, Swapnaja Kshirsagar said that most of the work in this area has been completed. 

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On the other hand, the intersection near Bindu Madhav Thackeray Chowk has seen the installation of wheelchair-accessible pedestrian ramps for the differently-abled. “An expansive refuge island was carved out at Bindu Madhav Thackeray junction to bring pedestrians safely up to the zebra crossing. This has worked wonderfully for pedestrian safety. Wheelchairbound elderly or differently-abled individuals can easily access the promenade through ramps put up for them,” local corporator Arvind Bhosle said.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has partnered with World Resources Institute India to provide a makeover to some of the busiest junctions in Mumbai. This is part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety

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Speaking to TOI, an expert from World Resources Institute India said - “A large unutilised space in the middle of the junction was converted into a universally accessible refuge plaza. Besides pedestrian safety, this plaza also helps streamline traffic.”   

Elaborating on the measures taken to put these changes into effect, an engineer from the BMC’s roads department said - “Instead of using paver blocks, which come off often, we concretized the footpath, which has got a good response from pedestrians.”

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Image Courtesy: Times of India