The Saat Rasta Project, Mumbai, India
Abraham John Architects

Saat Rasta Project, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai, India
 
Sustainable urban mobility – planning for the people
 
There is a heavy congestion on the D. E. Moses Road and the entrance to the Mahalaxmi Station is also at this node, causing difficulty to the pedestrians in crossing the road and reaching the station. 
 
There are missing links to the D.E. Moses Road, because of the railway line; this proposal aims at extending the two roads to reduce the congestion at the KK Road. Two underpasses are created towards Jacob Circle to decongest traffic. The currently over congested Bapurao Jagtap Road is turned into a pedestrian-only space. The traffic flow will be smoother and the open space will improve the commute. The current 8 raasta (roads) would become 7 raasta (roads) again, as the currently over congested KK Road is turned into a pedestrian-only space, linking to the Haji Ali promenade. 
 
This new pedestrian-only road will connect the various mass transit modes like the Jacob Circle Monorail station and the Mahalaxmi Station.The pedestrianization of this road will not only affect  the 500,000 passengers that travel to and from Mahalaxmi station daily, but will also affect the population that in the future will travel on the Jacob Circle Monorail. 
 
Connecting Haji Ali to Mahalaxmi Race Course, Mahalaxmi railway station & Jacob Circle via a green walkway: This will satisfy the mobility needs of people for a better quality of life and to give the public complete access to open spaces, encouraging active interchangeable modes of transport. Thereby creating a landmark in the city, with street furniture, landscaping, public performances, installation art, public exhibitions, etc. 
 
More green public space for communities to thrive in; moreover, traffic would be smoother; there would not be any trespassing, as cars would go underground, while the open space will belong to the pedestrians.

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