Mumbai: The ambitious project of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) of Tansa pipeline cycle track pilot project is expected to be inaugurated soon at three different locations. According to a senior civic officer, the pilot project will be started between Mulund boundary to Mulund Chowki, which is of 1.3 kilometres (km), second location is of 2.1 km between Morarji gate till Marol Maroshi at Andheri and third is a walking track at Sahar of one km. The civic officer added the work of all three selected location for pilot project have been completed and will be made open for public soon. Also, as the slums have been demolished first over here therefore, these places have been taken up for pilot project.”
In addition, he stated “The Tansa pipeline cycle track will be of 36 km and not 39 km as planned earlier. The other three kilometres comes under the airport premises and hence has some restrictions. Therefore, cycle track cannot be executed over there.”
The entire cycle track will be of asphalt and the walking track is made up of moorum track (earthen road of red mud). In addition, the track would also have cycle stands and cameras to monitor the route. “The civic corporation is also of the plan to use the pipes as a canvass thereby providing an opportunity for artists of the city to showcase their talents. Other attractions includes the Mumbai books route, bollywood walk of fame, and the biodiversity route, etc. The BMC has provided a budget provision of Rs 100 crore in this year 2018-19 budget. While, the entire cost of the project is Rs 350 crore,” added the civic official from the hydraulic department who is currently looking after the project work.
The 36 km long Tansa water pipeline is divided into two parts from Mulund to Dharavi, and from Ghatkopar to Sion. The track will become the shortest route that connects Mumbai’s north and south regions. The BMC has already started building a wall in the suburbs along the defunct pipeline. It will get a 10 metre space along the length of the century-old pipeline. The track will have 40 entry or exit points, connectivity to 19 railway stations, seven Metro and four Monorail stations.
The BMC is currently demolishing encroachments along the pipeline, following the Bombay high court’s 2009 order. It has been pulled up by court for not being able to protect the water pipeline from slum encroachments. In an earlier survey, the BMC had identified around 16,717 structures along the pipeline.