Vashi station premises, which currently house many state guest houses, commercial establishments, will be redeveloped soon by NMMC.
The engineering department has decided to make adequate budgetary allocations for the upcoming financial budget to undertake the integrated development work of the station premises.
“The area was under Cidco till recently and NMMC was not able to do any major development work. In fact, most of our work was restricted to the stretch connecting Vashi railway station to the Sion-Panvel highway. However, recently the entire area has been handed over. The area will now be revamped on the lines of work done in sector 15, Belapur,” said additional municipal commissioner Ankush Chavan.
An estimated Rs 20 crore will be spent for revamping the area. The areas to be redeveloped will include sector 30 of Vashi which has numerous institutions, state guest houses, IT parks, shopping malls and supermarkets.
Preliminary plans include relaying footpaths, laying ducts to avert road-digging, work in future, expanding the sewerage channel’s capacity, setting up streetlights, concretise and widen internal roads and plant trees at a distance of every 5 metres.
“We want a complete makeover of the area as this is technically the entry point to the city. Besides, there is continuous movement of bureaucrats, diplomats and other dignitaries,” said a senior official from the engineering department. The municipal commissioner has been briefed about the revamp plans by the civic administration during his project site inspection on Thursday.
“To curb traffic snarls, it is important to have measures in place that will encourage commuters to walk rather than drive. So, zebra crossing lanes will be marked, barrier-free footpaths for the physically challenged and cycling tracks will also be included,” said the official.