To make streets more pedestrian-friendly, BMC appoints urban design consultants

THE BMC has offered to appoint urban design consultants to work on its street improvement program across Mumbai. The consultants will be responsible for preparing a detailed report of the streets that can be made pedestrian friendly and more aesthetically pleasing.

The civic organization manages around 1,950 km of roads daily. In many places, the trails are either encroached or blocked by parked vehicles.
Officials from the roads and traffic department said the BMC has invited a request for proposal (RFP) for the appointment of consultants, who will be hired for the next three years.

The planners will conduct a detailed study of the streets of Mumbai, prepare a visualization of the 3D plans, identify the challenges across the city, find solutions to make the streets pedestrian-friendly and also install street furniture like chairs and bins. .

“So far, the development of Mumbai has been very uneven. In South Mumbai, you can see wide and beautiful trails with trees all around. But if one heads towards the suburbs and central Mumbai, many places do not have pedestrian paths. If there is a sidewalk, it is trespassed and pedestrians are forced to walk on the road. These things will be changed in phases, ”one official said.

He added: “The consultants will also bring uniformity in the layout and beautification of the street. The city has trails, bus stops, and routes designed in different ways in different areas. The project will aim to standardize and give the city a beautiful aesthetic appearance. “

Previously, the BMC had introduced a “pedestrian first” policy to make the city’s footpaths free from encroachment. He had allocated Rs 50 crore in his 2020-21 budget for this purpose. However, very little progress has been made in the project. Officials said this was largely due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

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