MMRDA to Establish ‘Access Hierarchy’ to Prioritize Last Mile Connectivity for Pedestrians and Cyclists

MMRDA to Establish ‘Access Hierarchy’ to Prioritize Last Mile Connectivity for Pedestrians and Cyclists

A new report talks about the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) creating what is known as an “access hierarchy” for metro stations that are currently under development in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). 

This basically means that higher priority will be given to pedestrians, cyclists, buses, shared auto-rickshaws as well as private vehicles including two-wheelers and cars in this order.

These norms are reportedly part of the MMRDA’s multi-modal integration project that is in place for all future Metro stations. Under these rules, a radius of 500-meters will be kept aside at every station with a priority for last-mile connectivity. This will see the establishment of bus-bays, cycle docks, parking area, and seating areas. 

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Metropolitan Commissioner of the MMRDA, RA Rajeev said, “World over, cities are giving more prominence to enabling walking and cycling infrastructure for commuters, especially during the pandemic. Our multi-modal integration plan around upcoming metro stations will also aim to prioritise pedestrians and cyclists.”

The MMRDA is reportedly seeking proposals for the designing and planning of multi-modal integration for around 17 metro stations coming under Metro 4 (Wadala-Kasarwadaval) and Metro 4A which is an extension of Line 4 until Gaimukh.  

As of now, the MMRDA has approved the plans for 30 metro stations belonging to the Line 2A (Dahisar - DN Nagar) as well as Metro-7 that covers Dahisar East and Andheri East. 

In a bid to improve last-mile connectivity for commuters, the authorities recently implemented an e-bike service at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) to improve connections between the suburban stations of Bandra and Kurla with BKC. 

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