The city of Mumbai is set to get its first travelator — moving walkway roller platform — with a budget estimate of Rs 63.68 crore.
This automated conveyor belt system will be installed in an open space to transport passengers between the monorail station at Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk, Mahalaxmi railway station, and the underground metro station.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is building a 700-metre-long pedestrian bridge to integrate three different modes of transportation.
The distance between Monorail's Sant Ghadge Maharaj Chowk station and Mahalaxmi railway station is around 600 metres, and the impediments and many lanes en route lengthen the journey.
As a result, establishing a dedicated walkway will not only help to integrate the various public commuting modes but will also encourage people to use rail-based transportation.
The proposed footbridge will be 335 metres long and 7 metres wide. It will also contain escalators and lifts to facilitate access for a diverse population.
The most height that must be covered will be from the underground metro station to the bridge, necessitating the use of lifts and escalators.
Construction is expected to be completed by February 2024.
The system's installation in an open space will considerably reduce traffic congestion in the area, resulting in faster transit times for commuters. The project will also ensure that passengers don't have to wait for a long time to get to their destination.
The travelator’s significance goes beyond just its ability to reduce traffic congestion and improve transportation.
The new system's design is also environmentally friendly and aims to promote sustainable urban transport. This eco-friendly character is in line with Mumbai’s vision to become a sustainable city.
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