Flyover or Tunnel – That’s The Question
With Peddar Road Residents’ Association (PRRA) strongly opposing a flyover there. This flyover was proposed to relieve the traffic conditions and improve vehicular flow. Several powerful celebrities including Lata Mangeshkar lent their voice (pun intended) to the campaign against the flyover.
Now, PRRA has proposed an alternative plan comprising of tunnels. Mumbai Mirror has published a story on this proposal.
Peddar Rd residents send detailed proposal to Anil Deshmukh saying a network of tunnels instead of a flyover will be cheaper, and better option.
The association, which claims to have conducted a detailed study in associaton with the Indian Institute of Technology and National Environmental Research Institute (NERI), said the tunnels would not only disperse the traffic faster, they will cause less pollution and also cost far less than the flyover proposed.
Anil Deshmukh said he has not yet gone through the proposal. “I cannot comment without having gone through their proposal in detail,” he said.
I welcome any alternate plans/suggestions/recommendations/proposals made by stakeholders and citizens. So, in that spirit I welcome this proposal as well. It is entirely possible that the brains that have put it together have really done a better job than the previous proposal.
What remains to be seen is whether:
1. The local soil conditions will support such tunnels. If not, what are the costs for re-inforcing? What about seismic activities?
2. What about water-logging? What will be the provision to keep water out as far as possible and pump it out if any finds its way into the tunnels? What about power supply to the water pumps in case of severe water-logging?
3. Will the Govt. take this proposal up seriously or merely provide lip-service.
I just want my city to get the best possible option.