Coastal bridges have been proposed to relieve congestion in the traffic-clogged Indian city of Mumbai.
Leading Indian architect and townplanner Sanjay Puri has called for the construction of the bridges, which could open up the coastline of the peninsular on which the city sits.
“Development of infrastructure projects is a necessity,” said Puri. “We could create bridges all along the coastline.”
“We have the same roads as 100 years ago and there is no place to move.”
Sanjay Puri, leading Indian architect and townplanner
Puri referred to the success of the recent 4.6km long Bandra Worli sealink, which has reduced journey times for commuters from the north of the city from 45 minutes to seven minutes.
“We have the same roads as 100 years ago and there is no place to move,” said Puri.
“Ideally roads should take 10% to 15% of the land area of a city. In Mumbai they take up just 0.1%.” Puri also advocated the clearance of low rise buildings to make way for more high rise buildings that would leave room for more open spaces.
“Around 0.1% of the area of the city is open space when ideally 10% to 20% should be open space,” said Puri.
“By reducing areas of low rise buildings, we could create high rise with large open spaces and double the size of the roads.” According to Puri, Mumbai has a population of 20M and a population density five times that of London.