BMC will improve, beautify six crossroads in one year

The BMC standing committee on Friday approved a proposal to improve and beautify six intersections across the city.

The project includes improvement works and pedestrian safety measures to be taken at Andheri-Ghatkopar Link Road (Western Express Highway at Sakinaka Junction); Junction Juhu-Vile Parle; Junction Jogeshwari-Vikhroli and Saki Vihar Road; Sai Star Junction at Kandivali; MG Road-Saki Vihar and Mathuradas junction and Arya Samaj Chowk junction in Mulund.

While the project will cost Rs 22.63 crore, the District Planning and Development Committee (DPDC) will provide Rs 35.9 crore to the Planning Department of BMC for the purpose. Later, other junctions will be taken for improvement works from the remaining fund.

According to the proposal, the project will increase greenery on both sides of the roads, improve circulation, increase the width of the sidewalks, provide parking facilities for two and four wheelers, mark the lanes, install street furniture such as benches and bins and build pedestrian crossings.

“The project will be completed in 12 months. The civic body awarded a contract to Dev Engineers. The planning and design of the project was carried out by the World Resources Institute. Other such junctions or roads will be taken for improvement in phases,” a BMC official said.

Meanwhile, the BJP opposed the proposal citing irregularities. BJP leaders alleged that after the proposal was discussed at the Standing Committee meeting, President Yashwant Jadhav did not allow them to speak. Following this, BJP corporators sat on a dharna outside Jadhav’s booth. Jadhav, however, denied the allegations.

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