Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg

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Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg
Route information
Maintained by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation
Length: 21 km (13 mi)
Major junctions
North end: Thane
  JVLR in Gandhi Nagar, Vikhroli
Andheri-Ghatkopar Link Road in Ghatkopar
SCLR in Kurla
BKC Road in Kurla
South end: Sion, Mumbai
Location
States: Maharashtra
Districts: Thane, Mumbai Suburban,
Mumbai City
Major cities: Thane, Mumbai
Highway system

Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, usually referred to by its abbreviation LBS Marg,[1] is a 21 km long, major arterial road in the Eastern Suburbs of Mumbai. LBS Marg connects the neighbouring city of Thane with the suburb of Sion in Mumbai.[2] It passes through heavily populated areas of the Eastern Suburbs and is heavily congested. Approximately, 3 lakh vehicles use this road daily.[3] The road is named after Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second Prime Minister of India.

Route description[edit]

LBS Marg begins at Thane, extending from the Old Agra Road and the Ghodbunder Road.[4] It intersects the Eastern Express Highway (EEH) at Marathon Chowk. When travelling between Mumbai and Thane, commuters have to pay a toll. The toll gate (called naaka in Marathi) is called Teen Hath Naaka. LBS Marg then passes through all the eastern suburbs, from Mulund till Sion, where it joins with the EEH near the Sion Flyover. Both LBS Marg and the EEH pass through Thane and the Eastern Suburbs but they pass to the west and east of the Central Line respectively. LBS Marg has only 4 lanes and passes through residential and commercial areas making it more congested and encroached upon. On the other hand, EEH is wide, well-maintained and smooth. It goes through an uninhabited area where development is prohibited.

LBS Marg also offers connectivity to the Western Suburbs when it intersects the Andheri - Ghatkopar Link Road and the JVLR. The road also intersects the BKC Road at Kurla providing connectivity to the Bandra Kurla Complex, and onward to Bandra. It also offers connectivity to the Harbour Suburbs when it intersects the Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road (GMLR).

LBS Marg is connected to Kalina from Kurla via a 6m bridge over the Mithi river.[5]

Realty[edit]

R City Mall on LBS Marg in Ghatkopar.
Phoenix MarketCity on LBS Marg in Kurla (West)

Conversion from an industrial park to a mixed-use area began in the 2000s.[6][7] Traffic volumes on the road rose as more people moved into the area.[8] Discovery Offices, which will be the 5th tallest building in Mumbai and the tallest building outside South Mumbai, is located on LBS Marg. It is currently under construction and is expected to open on 1 March 2015.

LBS Marg has several malls, apartment complexes and corporate offices along it. Some of Mumbai's most prominent malls - R-Mall (Mulund), Neptune Magnet Mall (Bhandup), R City Mall (Ghatkopar) and Phoenix MarketCity (Kurla) - are located on LBS Marg.[9] Godrej and Boyce IT Park, located in Vikhroli, houses the offices of several IT firms. Corporates like Accenture, Capgemini, TCS, Wipro, WNS Spectramind, ICICI Prudential, HCC, Colgate-Palmolive and CIPLA have offices on LBS Marg. Godrej Park Site and Raj Legacy in Vikhroli, Kalpataru Aura and The Address in Ghatkopar, and HDIL's Dreams and Whispering Towers in Bhandup are some notable residential complexes on LBS Marg.

Widening[edit]

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has had plans to widen LBS Marg since 1970.[10] The BMC decided to revitalize and finance the project in 2012. The work will require the demolition of 2000 buildings, 80 per cent of which are commercial properties. BMC estimates the cost of acquiring properties for demolition to be INR300 crore (US$49 million). After the work is completed LBS Marg will be a 6 lane road (currently 4 lanes) having a width of 120 feet (currently 60–80 feet).[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pandurang Mhaske (2011-11-29). "BMC to buy its way into LBS road-widening". Dnaindia.com. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  2. ^ "6 months on, Mumbai's LBS Rd stretch remains dug up". Dnaindia.com. 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  3. ^ a b "2000 buildings on LBS Marg to go to accommodate traffic". Mumbai Mirror. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Investment potential". The Indian Express. 2010-11-06. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  5. ^ "Crucial Mithi bridge to be shut after part cave-in". The Times Of India. =TNN. 2011-03-22. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  6. ^ "10-acre plot goes for Rs180 cr". Dnaindia.com. 2006-10-06. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  7. ^ Nauzer Bharucha (2006-02-08). "Another mega land deal on LBS in offing". The Times Of India. TNN. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  8. ^ Clara Lewis (2010-09-19). "Mumbai gets 25,000 parking slots bonanza". The Times Of India. TNN. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  9. ^ "Contact us". Phoenix Marketcity Mumbai. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  10. ^ "LBS Marg widening: 600 structures come in way". Dnaindia.com. 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2013-05-03.