Mumbai, September 3: Get your cycles ready Mumbaikars! Mumbai set to get India’s longest cycling and jogging track after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis approved the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s 39-km-long track which will stretch from suburban Mulund to Antop Hill in Wadala.
Worth of Rs300 Crore this cycling track will be opened by 2019 for the citizens. The cycle and joggers’ track will be developed along water pipelines that stretch across 39 to 46 km in the city. This cycle track will help beautify the entire stretch and will make it more people-friendly.
The BMC has started constructing a compound wall in the suburbs along the British-era pipelines that bring water to Mumbai from Thane. The 39-km long Tansa water pipeline is divided into two parts — from Mulund to Dharavi and from Ghatkopar to Sion. The track will create the shortest route connecting the eastern suburbs and parts of central Mumbai such as Sion and Wadala. “All encroachments along water pipelines in Mumbai will be cleared to create a 10-m-wide corridor on both sides,” said the Chief Minister’s office.
The initiative is meant curb to encroachments and give citizens an environment friendly transportation method, after suburban railways, buses, autos and Metros. The track will have 40 entry-exit points and connect 19 railway stations, seven Metro and four monorail stations. It will also have Bollywood walk, biodiversity corridor and Mumbai books route.
The state government also plans to implement cycling tracks along the arterial roads of 10 leading cities in Maharashtra. It has decided to launch a pilot project in these cities and later extend it across the state, based on the response. The state public works department will test the project, dubbed ‘streets with cycle tracks’ in Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, Amravati, Chandrapur, Kolhapur, Solapur, Latur, Aurangabad and Jalgaon, on roads under its jurisdiction.