Mumbai: BMC’s new road proposal sparks outrage

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In a city already grappling with problems of diminishing open spaces and decreasing green cover, Bruhanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) proposal to convert a lush green area in Mumbai’s Malabar Hill into a one way road, has fallen under heavy criticism. Residents of Malabar Hills have revolted against BMC’s proposed decision to chop down 70 trees to make way for the road. The BMC plans to construct the road to solve the problem of traffic congestion in the area. “If you look at the gradient, the gradient does not allow any kind of roads to come up in the area because there is a restriction on where you can build the road technically. Ecological destruction that will happen over here is catastrophic,” said activist Indrani Malkani. The residents have decided to approach the BMC to reconsider the proposal in order to protect the green cover. Beside the fact that a large part of the green cover will be wiped out, the residents have also questioned whether the construction of the road would be able to really solve the traffic problems the region faces. “This road is not viable for traffic at any cost. There are other options, there are other alternatives,” said Anil Singh, Municipal Counsellor, BMC.

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