Warden is already congested, and along its length has only two crosswise links back to Pedder: Gamadia Road, Sophia College Lane -- both narrow. Altamount/Carmichael is also a relatively narrow road, with several sharp turns. Also just three links back to Pedder. For these reasons, neither seems like a workable option to me, especially for residents of Pedder Road.
Sound like big numbers all right.
But how many trains pull into Churchgate? Assume they arrive within 4 minutes of each other on average. In an hour, that's 15 trains. (In a day, Western Railway alone runs 980 trains on its entire system, so 15 is actually an underestimate. Never mind). Each 12-car train is supposed to carry about 2200 people, though during rush hour, the load can reach 6000. (Figures extrapolated generously from 9-car train figures here). Let's take an average of 5000 per train in rush hour: that's 75,000 people arriving in Churchgate each hour. Similar numbers for VT.
What does this very rough calculation show? That in one hour in the morning rush period, 50 per cent more people arrive in downtown Bombay by train than travel both ways by car on Pedder Road all day.
Aside: This does not take into account bus traffic on Pedder Road, which will change this comparison substantially. But the point remains the same: far more commuters in Bombay travel by rail than by car. (In fact, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority estimates that 88 per cent of this city's commuters travel by trains and buses). End of Aside.
Why then the focus on this flyover? If we want to move more people more efficiently into and out of Bombay's business districts, surely we should be looking at rail -- and bus -- transport? Thus not at flyovers, but at the suburban rail and bus services? (Which, to be fair, MMRDA is working on).
- [I]f the Bandra-Worli Sea Link is opened, and the Pedder Road flyover is not in place, there will be traffic jams at Haji Ali and the builders of the Sea Link will look foolish. In other words, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) will lose face. As former Municipal Commissioner Jamsheed Kanga acutely observed, without the Worli-Nariman Point link also in place, it will be like tailoring only one leg of a pair of trousers. Without the second leg, the garment is pretty useless, looks silly, and all you can do is laugh at the tailor.
My conclusion, if you're interested: the city doesn't need the Pedder Road flyover.
Postscript: A comment in response to this post says:
- Yes, tell that to the person who gets stuck in ambulance on a Pedder Road traffic jam, that the flyover wouldn't have helped save his life. I hope you drag him to the train station.
Would a less crowded train service have helped save Tahir's legs?