Mumbai choked: Poor traffic management turns Bandra’s Hill road into hell road
Clothes, food and fashion – Hill Road is the street trying to Bandra. Where is that?
Hundreds of buyers and cars and autorickshaws presented to them, all included in a narrow road that does not even have a concrete divider.
Like many areas in Mumbai, this is another story of a space too small, too crowded and crumbling infrastructure.
Let’s start with the road itself. The two lanes of the lucky union of St Andrews Church have concrete roads on one side of the other sidewalk.
While full reach is not a place to slow down traffic, two areas – outside the Marks and Spencer store and near St. Andrews Church – are constantly blocked.
Then, the parking problem. While the full section is in a non-parking area, motorists follow cars parked outside the restaurant and shops – or worse, stop in the middle of the road for buyers to light up.
This reporter saw a transit agent taking pictures of cars parked illegally with his challan mail system. When they see the police, drivers run to their cars and move before the police could take a photo. “That’s all that’s needed and that’s all I need,” said HT’s manager.
Hill Road is little space for pedestrians. Since the tracks are occupied by peddlers, pedestrians who walk down the road, quiet way, then do the windows. They overcame most of the road, reducing traffic on the stretch. There is a pedestrian crossing, but it is not clear.
But the worst of the problems identified was a huge gap in the concrete divider in this section (see photo).
During the last week of June, the traffic division has closed the gap with yellow plastic barricades. While this hindered vehicles return bad places, they did not stop bicyclists, pedestrians and street vendors to move sections of barricades to cross the street.