Coastal Road to have 4 parking lots, provide free parking to 2,000 vehicles
Apart from connecting South Mumbai to Western suburbs, the civic body’s ambitious Coastal Road project will also help address one of the most critical issues plaguing the city – parking space.
According to the project’s chief engineer, Mohan Machiwal, the Coastal Road will have four underground public parking lots, which will have the capacity to accommodate a staggering 2,000 vehicles.
While speaking to Mumbai Mirror, Machiwal said the two-storey parking lots will come at four spots – opposite Thadani Chowk in Worli, in front of the Worli Dairy, below Amarsons Garden and opposite the NSCI Club at Haji Ali.
While the two lots in Worli will have a capacity of 250 cars each, the one below Amarsons will have space for 300 vehicles. The one at NSCI, the largest among the four, will be able to accommodate around 1,200 vehicles.
Further, no parking fees will be levied at these spots. “Not a penny will be charged at these parking lots,” Machiwal told the daily.
The city reportedly has 10 lakh private cars and 20 lakh two-wheelers, all on a road network totalling 2,000 km. While the number of vehicles increases with each passing day, the road length has remained the same for decades, resulting in a space crunch.
The lack of adequate parking space has also given rise to parking mafia, illegal parking and congested roads. While the new lots may not be able to solve the problem in its entirety, it would at the very least help alleviate the situation in South Mumbai.
The 29.2 km Coastal Road will connect Marine Lines to Kandivali. Apart from the freeway and parking lots, the Rs 12,700 crore project will have gardens, playgrounds, toilets, promenade, jogging/cycle track and amphitheatre, and other amenities.