Mumbai: Beggars, couples take over Grant Road skywalk

Updated: 05 December, 2016 10:42 IST | Gaurav Sarkar |

On August 8, we had highlighted the issues of noise pollution, footpath encroachments, illegal mobile towers and unfinished/ shoddy gas pipeline work plaguing this ward

The skywalk near Nana Chowk on Grant Road is rarely used for fear of unpleasant encounters with miscreants. Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi

On August 8, we had highlighted the issues of noise pollution, footpath encroachments, illegal mobile towers and unfinished/ shoddy gas pipeline work plaguing this ward.

Residents claim that although minor changes have come about, bigger issues remain ignored. Beggars and hawkers still encroach on the skywalk near Nana Chowk on Grant Road. The skywalk is also a popular spot with canoodling couples. Its escalator is functional now, but residents say few people use it. Incessant honking of vehicles raises the decibel levels to over 100 in some areas. There are still a large number of illegal mobile towers in the ward.

D Ward
Malabar Hill, Napean Sea Road, Haji Ali, Grant Road

Vikram Kapadia Kandarpada Resident of Heera Panna
The noise is unbearable, especially on the road near Haji Ali. There is constant honking; motorcycles, overtaking from the left, always have their horns pressed.

Prakash Munshi Resident of Malabar Hill
Illegal mobile phone towers in Malabar Hill and near the Ridge Road skywalk are still a cause for concern. We fear such towers in residential areas pose health hazards.

Mukul Mehra Resident of Napean Sea Road
More lines of Mahanagar Gas near St Stephen’s Church have been g. We look forward to the laying of gas pipes from the church to Kemps Corner.

Viraj Sushi Karnik Resident of Nana Chowk
The Grant Road skywalk’s escalator has been activated, but no one uses it. It is barely an inch from my building’s wall. What happens if there is a fire?

Arvind Dudhwadkar Wellington Sports Club-Bhatia hospital
Traffic has slowed down on Tardeo Road due to the laying of concrete on that stretch. I have advised the traffic department to divert traffic towards Haji Ali for the time being. The concert-laying work is a one-and-a-half year contract.

Anil singh Priyadarshini Garden to August Kranti Maidan
We began cleaning up the Grant Road skywalk on October 15. Police patrol it regularly and the escalator is functioning. More people have started using this skywalk over the past month since it was cleaned. While building the escalator, we had objected to it being too close to residential buildings. A diversion has been made near Haji Ali to streamline traffic.

Indrani Malkani ALM coordinator
The gravity of problems with garbage disposal, sanitation and street cleaning differ in eastern, central and western parts. Malabar Hill does not have as much of a problem with road sweeping or littering as other parts. Waste segregation is a challenge across the city, and not just the ward. Every household is supposed to segregate its waste, but that is not happening.

First Published: 05 December, 2016 07:30 IST

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