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Old February 5th, 2009, 10:57 PM   #181
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you need escalators to reach the top - but that will be difficult to maintain in the rains. make it easy for people to climb.

but yes, there is a general lack of community knowledge. people walk on roads even in places where footpaths are well-built.
Depends on what you mean by well built. Nagpur has great infrastructure including footpaths, but no one uses them cuz they're three feet off the ground! Who wants to ascend and descend 3 feet every 20 ft of foot path?

I think people would walk on footpaths if they were uniformly & intelligently designed and if hawkers didn't sell vegetables on them.
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Old February 6th, 2009, 06:45 AM   #182
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mumbai is far ahead in this respect -- some places, footpaths are really well done with slopes to climb onto and get off and are clear of encroachment for 300-400 metres on average but yet people walk on the streets.

i think its a vicious circle. some encroachments and poor community education cause people to walk on the streets which allows encroachers onto footpaths since noone uses them which further encourages people on the street.

But, i agree with you - in some places, basic infrastructure is badly designed.
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Old February 6th, 2009, 11:16 PM   #183
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Lets call them "SLUMWALKS"

The design of the skywalks is absolutely hideous. I don’t understand how such a big municipal corporation comes out with a design that could have been made by a 7th grade student(I honestly dont want to insult 7th graders who I think are more bright that these idiots"). I sincerely hope they don’t build these atleast in the beautiful south Mumbai locality, it would just totally destroy the historic and aesthetic aspects of that area.
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Old February 6th, 2009, 11:50 PM   #184
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50 more of such structures across the City are definitely an eye sore... I have sent an email to MMRDA. But as usual they don't reply. What's funny is that I get an automated reply from them saying "we will reply you promptly" and they never do...

I think each and every one of us should send an email to them explaining how ugly and useless that these structures are...
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Old February 8th, 2009, 01:41 PM   #185
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mumbai is far ahead in this respect -- some places, footpaths are really well done with slopes to climb onto and get off and are clear of encroachment for 300-400 metres on average but yet people walk on the streets.
I agree!! Most people don't realise that Mumbai footpaths are the best around anywhere. All it needs is to get rid of the encroachments and the transient hawkers and some very high pressure cleaners and most importantly some very highly disciplined people
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Old February 8th, 2009, 01:55 PM   #186
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The newly opened flyover at the Domestic Airport junction on the WEH

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I think the contractors of this project MUST be sued. The bloody bastards build crap with tax-payers' money. The quality of the surface/ concrete guards leaves A LOT to be desired.

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Old February 8th, 2009, 09:17 PM   #187
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At least its up an running. Has the traffic situation improved there now?

Btw, Nice pics KB. Keep up the good work.
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Old February 9th, 2009, 05:58 AM   #188
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qwertyasd, the traffic situation in the area has improved considerably, although the jam during peak-hour persists.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 12:06 PM   #189
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`75K vehicles will use Worli sealink a day' ..... Read More
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Old February 11th, 2009, 04:41 AM   #190
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what is that round structure in your first pic kbc? when i was in mumbai i asked people but no body knew. i thought it was a stadium
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Old February 11th, 2009, 04:53 AM   #191
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what is that round structure in your first pic kbc? when i was in mumbai i asked people but no body knew. i thought it was a stadium
that's the sahara star (nee centaur) hotel
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Old February 11th, 2009, 08:36 AM   #192
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thanks for the info jubin.
must say it is awfully close to the busy street. though it has advantage of being at the stone throw distance from airport.
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Old February 12th, 2009, 06:12 AM   #193
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though it has advantage of being at the stone throw distance from airport.
That's about the only advantage.
The Sahara Star is by far, the tackiest hotel on Earth. It oozes cheapness from every unfinished fissure.
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Old February 12th, 2009, 10:22 PM   #194
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thanks for the info jubin.
must say it is awfully close to the busy street. though it has advantage of being at the stone throw distance from airport.
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That's about the only advantage.
The Sahara Star is by far, the tackiest hotel on Earth. It oozes cheapness from every unfinished fissure.
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Old February 12th, 2009, 10:24 PM   #195
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IE: Here’s how they plan to link the coast

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The Haji Ali-Nariman Point sea link, the last phase of the Western Freeway project, could now be a combination of a sea bridge, a tunnel and a shallow tunnel under Marine Drive. The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), the nodal agency for the project, will soon send the suggestion to the state Cabinet for approval.

The first phase — the Bandra Worli sea link — is nearing completion. Bids for construction of the Worli-Haji Ali sea link are under scrutiny and the construction is expected to begin later this year. A final decision on the Haji Ali-Nariman Point connectivity is crucial as the dispersal of traffic from the first two sections will be a challenging task.

S M Gavai, vice-chairman and managing director of MSRDC, said the empowered committee chaired by the Chief Secretary has perused various alternatives suggested by consultants and recommended a sea bridge from Haji Ali to Priyadarshini Park, followed by a deep (drill and blast) tunnel via Malabar Hill to Tambe Chowk and then a cut-and-cover tunnel from Tambe Chowk to Nariman Point.

The shallow tunnel was preferred to a sea bridge for the final section as a sea-bridge along this portion could mar the view of the proposed statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj off the Marine Drive coast. The 10.9-km link between Haji Ali and Nariman Point could be constructed on a build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis like the Worli-Haji Ali sea link.

Cut-and-cover tunnelling is a simple and cost-effective method of construction of shallow tunnels; the road is excavated to create a trench and roofed over. A strong overhead support system is required to carry the load of the covering material. “The shallow tunnel would be a four-lane road under the existing Marine Drive. We’re sending the recommendation from the consultants to the Cabinet,” said Gavai.

MP Milind Deora had criticised the decision on a tunnel under Malabar Hill. When asked about the protest, Public Works Minister Vimaltai Mundada said, “We will weigh all options before deciding on the alignment.”

Earlier, the Government was considering a direct tunnel from Haji Ali to Nariman Point — an option Deora and other residents are demanding — but it was later ruled out by the state-appointed consultant, UK-based Arup CES.
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Old February 13th, 2009, 01:25 AM   #196
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TOI: Spooked horses, scared members

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MUMBAI: The BMC and traffic police's plan to construct a 1.5-km elevated road over the city's lungs, the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC),
to ease traffic emerging from the Bandra-Worli sealink, may face stiff resistance from members of the club and citizens.

The nine-member RWITC committee, which meets on Sunday to discuss the BMC plan, will look at its environmental and ecological impact and how it could hurt the racing ability of the 1,500 thoroughbred horses kept in the quaint surroundings of the club's stables before each race.

Dr Dinesh, a vet on Vijay Mallya's Kunigan Stud Farms, told TOI that the noise and pollution from vehicles, if the plan is accepted, will affect horses' racing ability. "Thoroughbreds prefer a quiet environment. So an elevated corridor over the stables will be detrimental to their well-being,'' he said.

Other RWITC members who met municipal commissioner Jairaj Phatak on Thursday said they will oppose such a move, especially on two technical grounds. First, the corridor link is not required since a Worli-Haji Ali Link road is already in the pipeline, which will solve traffic woes of the area. Secondly, if the road exits on Tulsi Pipe Road, it is sure to create a bottleneck near the already congested Mahalaxmi station. "This is the ecological heart of Mumbai, home to best thoroughbreds, flora and fauna and heritage structures. Why would one want to disturb them?'' said an RWITC member.

The security issue is also a major concern for members. Each equine costs nothing less than Rs 10 lakh and crores ride on a single race on an average. All this will be endangered by the plan, members fear.

"We would rather bring down unauthorised structures at the three restaurants than implement this plan.''

The RWITC, as part of the lease agreement with BMC, is already providing a jogger's park, children's ride, equestrian sports and helipad facility, being used by politicians, corporates and the general public.

The state government, by way of licence fees, ground rents and betting taxes, earns a revenue of Rs 40 crore from the race course every year.
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Old February 13th, 2009, 06:20 AM   #197
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Old February 15th, 2009, 06:03 AM   #198
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The newly opened flyover at the Domestic Airport junction on the WEH

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Whats happening here?It looks like the same the last time I looked nearly 2 yrs back.
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Old February 16th, 2009, 07:45 AM   #199
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You're probably confusing the Vakola flyover with the domestic airport flyover.
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Old February 18th, 2009, 09:21 AM   #200
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i was talking about the hotel,sorry if it wasnt clear.
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