Friday, May 30, 2008

New Skywalk may ease station congestion at Vasai Road

Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has now decided to construct skywalks at Vile Parle, Goregaon, Lower Parel, Currey Road, Vasai Road, Ambernath, Kandivili and Masjid stations. MSRDC would construct a total of 18 skywalks in the city, and maybe 50 there altogether.

These are quite long (the Bandra one will be 1.3 km) and will provide some protection during monsoon for shoppers and tradespeople as well. They apparently link stations to shopping centres etc. and should contain some lifts. They can be completed quickly and are not overly dear it seems. Newer skywalks will provide space for shopkeepers and hawkers, and they are hoped to be paid for by advertising.

Vasai is the first planned European city in India. According to Sidh Mendiratta “Vasai has huge potential to be the leading site for archaeologists from across the world. So of the past much is still there. In fact, I’m pretty sure American and European archaeologists would work for free.” Tales of the ancestral spirits and Bollywood’s penchant for Vasai as a prime shooting location have kept the ruins intact, he believes.

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