Tuesday, 22 July 2008
Mumbai plans to have a walking plaza at Zaveri Bazaar
Most of the busy roads in Mumbai have pedestrians and traffic struggling for space. In Mumbai, traffic does not wait for pedestrians to cross the road, nor the pedestrian wait for light to change to green and so we see pedestrians and traffic in busy streets moving at the same pace.
During Kala Ghoda festival, which is held every year in the month of February, the streets around Jahangir Art Gallery are converted into Pedestrian plaza and it is very convenient for shoppers to shop without having to worry for cars bumping your rear.
Mumbai is to have its permanent pedestrian plaza at Zaveri bazaar, which is Asia’s biggest market. It is supposed to be the first pedestrian plaza, on the lines of those in Oxford, in the city’s busiest business area. The walkway is touted to be a space where people can walk freely and which would help both - the business community and shoppers.
There is a plan to make pedestrian plaza with benches and flowerpots all across the walkway to make it welcoming. Also they will start a toy-train for people who have some disability and need assistance.
However, there some parking problems that needs to be ironed out. Without space for parking, the association cannot get a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the traffic department to make it a no-vehicle zone.
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