Bandra ALM seeks traffic curbs
Concerned about the deteriorating traffic situation in Bandra, members
of the Advanced Locality Managements (ALMs)-neighbourhood citizens'
groups-have asked for more road dividers, zebra/pedestrian crossings
and more curbs on
Outlining the need for increased safety and protection
for residents, the Senior ALM Activists (SALMA) of Bandra have said
footpaths should be user-friendly and not marked by impediments to
Activists Alfred Fernandes and Faust Gonsalves
pointed out that the signal at Globus Junction, formerly New Talkies,
had not been functioning properly for three years and was the cause
of constant traffic snarls.
Fernandes said SALMA will soon take up awareness
campaigns with residents of Bandra and also ask the police to look
into indisciplined parking. "There should be no double or angular
parking unless specified by a board, and parking against the direction
of traffic flow should be disallowed,'' he said.
Fernandes said Bandra's footpaths had so many
obstructions that pedestrians were forced to walk on roads, putting
their lives at risk. Gonsalves said corner junctions and bus stops
needed to have 15-metre no-parking zones on either side, clearly
demarcated, so that disputes between the traffic police and motorists
could be avoided. The ALM members pointed
out that no-parking zones were being regularly violated by people
who left their drivers in the car. "The license of such drivers
should be confiscated and the vehicles removed,'' they said. Citizens'
groups have asked for more dividers and better footpaths
Publication: Times Of India, Mumbai; Date: January 12 2006 ; Section:
Times City; Page Number: 7