Considering Urban Design's importance and to increase its involvement for holistic development of the City, MMRDA on 28th May 2021 has established a new Independent Urban Design Division in MMRDA.
The Urban Design Division is presently handling following works:
Kalanagar - BKC Art District (excluding Tender Process)
Western and Eastern Express Highway and BKC Cycle Track
Multimodal Integration Works
Mithi River Front Development
1.Kalanagar - BKC Art District (excluding Tender Process)
Kalanagar Junction forms an important Node of the City, as there are existing and proposed Flyovers, proposed elevated Metro lines, Sion Dharavi bridge and also various other major Transit Corridors passing through the said Junction. These flyovers and bridges around the Kalanagar Node are to be constructed as iconic structures and the area in vicinity with the Urban Design interventions to create an Identity to the City.
The node enhancement project intends to create Urban spaces such as linear public parks, public plazas below the flyovers and Island plazas on traffic Islands, to build Iconic Bridgesaround the Kalanagar node to uplift the image of the junction.
2.Cycle Track along Western and Eastern Express Highway
Since a decade and with the ongoing pandemic, the number of private car ownership is rising in the city of Mumbai, resulting in the traffic and pollution issues. Mumbai lakhs the cycling infrastructure in its existing roads. Thus in order to promote Cycling within Mumbai and to make cycling safer and more attractive, a cycling – inclusive planning and design is required to be prepared. Cycling-Inclusive planning and design is essential to enable Mumbai to reach its ambitious target for cycling which have been met in many European cities. MMRDA aims to develop Cycle Track along the Western Express Highway and Eastern Express Highway being the main arterial roads which are used by lakhs of public for their daily commute. A well designed segregated two-way cycle tracks on both sides of the highway with multi-utility space, green buffer area and cycle stands will be developed by MMRDA.
MMRDA is contemplating to implement about 337.1 km of Metro Network in MMR which is estimated to cater to 12.7 million commuters. To cater to such high commuters, it is vital that the station areas are designed to allow smooth, efficient and safe access for pedestrians and public transport modes followed by motorized modes. With this background, MMRDA has undertaken "Planning and Design of Multi Modal Integration (MMI) plans" at Mumbai Metro stations focusing on accessibility, safety and mobility (first and last mile connectivity) to Metro stations.
The main objectives of the project are as follows :-
- Improve overall access to Metro Station and its surrounding areas
- To provide necessary infrastructure for walking, cycling and public transport.
- To bridge the first and last mile connectivity in most efficient and economic manner.
- To improve Urban realm through urban place making, making walking and cycling a pleasurable user experience.
- Seamless integration with other Public Transit Modes through Foot over Bridges and Improved passenger information system.
- Improve traffic flow under Metro Station through Intersection/junction design improvements, provisioning of parking bays etc.
- Improve aesthetics in the station area using Urban Design elements.
In the Multimodal Integration Plan, the station influence area will be redesigned for efficient & safe dispersal of traffic and commuters. This includes restructuring/ reconfiguration of Right of Way (ROW) i.e. carriage ways and footpaths, foot over bridges(FOBs), shifting/ re-routing of ground and underground utilities, street lights, shifting of Bus stops, providing pickup-drop off bays for Buses/IPT's/private vehicles, dedicated metro feeder through e-vehicles, way finding maps, signage, traffic signals/ signal cycles, CCTV surveillance, beautification, street furniture and Pubic Bicycle Sharing(PBS) infrastructure. This infrastructure upgradation is proposed to be carried out in 500m radius of each metro station area which is average walking distance for first and last mile connectivity to Mass Transit Stations.
Multi-Modal Integration of Transport System
4.Mithi River Front Development
MMRDA has under taken the Mithi River Front Development project which is conceived as a Tourism Development Project which will Integrate the River front and Sea front forming a largecity level public open space.A Master Plan for a stretch of approximately 6 kms from CST Bridge to Mahim Cause way is under preparation by MMRDA. This Place-making project intends to create vibrant and significant Public place along the River edge which will attract people from all parts of city. The Strategies involved in development of the river front is to revive the River Edge by bringing in Activities along the Mithi River,to use the River and Sea front for leisure, entertainment and recreational use, to create a seamless Pedestrian and Cycling linkages from the BKC Commercial District and from other Arterial Roads of the City to the river front and to preserve and protect the existing Mangroves.
Visionary Plan for the Mithi Riverfront Development