The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) ambitious cycling track project along the Tansa Pipeline has seen little progress in the last six months. The civic body has managed to construct a stretch for only two kilometres in Mulund and NITIE Gate to Vijay Nagar in Marol, that too as a pilot project.
The project is facing encroachment issue in many places because of which construction work is going on in parts.
The cost of construction of the 36-km project from Mulund to Wadala has also increased from Rs 350 crore to Rs 488 crore. For 2019-20, the civic body has made a provision of Rs 120 crore in the budget.
According to officials, encroachments and lack of access are causing hurdles in the execution of the project.
“We are creating tracks where we get encroachment- and obstruction-free land and have proper access. In many places, the track has been created, but it can not be used due to encroachment. Out of the three phases, work has started on two phases. In the last stage, we will take up beautification work.”
The official added, “In Bandra East, part of the track is ready, but it is not in use as there is no connectivity. Currently, there are auto-rickshaws parked on the tracks. We will clear the autos once the stretch is connected to other parts of the track.”
Source – Indian Express