Eight new sharing auto routes have been approved by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Transport Authority (MMRTA) apart from introducing new taxi and auto stands.
All the eight share-a-rick routes approved are in the areas of Goregaon and Malad (see box). Due to increasing residential population in some pockets of western suburbs the existing public transportation network is unable to meet to the demands, which prompted the authorities to approve new sharing auto rickshaw stands.
As per the details available five of the routes are from Malad East, while the balance three for Goregaon West.
"Over the years, the total numbers of auto and taxi stands too have taken a drop in Mumbai. Therefore, four such stands were approved by the MMRTA in their meeting held last month," said an official from the transport department. The unions too have been raising their voices and concerns over the dwindling number of stands in Mumbai.
The two auto rickshaw stands approved are at Phoenix Mall at LBS Road in Kurla and Kapadia Nagar on CST Road of Kurla.
Similarly, the two taxi stands approved are at Hiranandani Complex in Powai and on the Mumbai end of Airoli Toll Plaza at Mulund.
In the previous MMRTA meetings too, the authorities have approved several other sharing taxi and auto routes all over Mumbai. Over 60 such routes involving taxi and auto rickshaws have been approved for various locations of Mumbai in the last couple of years.
Malad Railway Station (East) – Triveni Nagar
Malad Railway Station (East) – Appapada
Malad Railway Station (East) – Shivaji Nagar
Malad Railway Station (East) – Santoshi Mata Mandir
Malad Railway Station (East) – Anandwadi Naka
Mhada Colony – Goregaon Railway Station (West)
Ankur Tower - Goregaon Railway Station (West)
Shastri Nagar - Goregaon Railway Station (West)
New auto stands
Phoenix Mall, LBS Road, Kurla
Kapadia Nagar, CST Road, Kurla
New taxi stands
Airoli Toll Plaza, Mulund
Hiranandani Complex, Powai