Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg

Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg
Entrance to Thane along LBS Marg
Route information
Maintained by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation,
Thane Municipal Corporation
Length21 km (13 mi)
Major junctions
North endThane
 JVLR in Gandhi Nagar, Vikhroli
Andheri-Ghatkopar Link Road in Ghatkopar
SCLR in Kurla
BKC Road in Kurla
South endSion, Mumbai
Location
StatesMaharashtra
DistrictsThane, Mumbai Suburban,
Mumbai City
Major citiesThane, 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. However, only 2 lanes are in use now due to ongoing metro work. It 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]

The Mumbai Metro Line 4, which will pass through LBS, is under construction.

Planning[edit]

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has had plans to widen LBS Marg since 1970.[6] 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 300 crore (US$43 million). The plan was to widen LBS Marg to 6 lanes (a width of 120 feet) from 4 lanes (60-80 feet width).[3] However, with metro construction work going on from the stretch from Thane to Ghatkopar, the width of the road has actually reduced in places to just 12 feet on either side.

Current Status[edit]

The LBS Road is known for heavy encroachment and almost nil enforcement of traffic and civic rules or town planning guidelines. It is common to see vehicles encroaching footpaths, wrong-side driving by all types of vehicles including heavy goods vehicles and jaywalking in the absence of pedestrian crossings.[7] The ongoing Metro construction work on the central median has resulted in the road width reducing to just 12 feet in certain pockets, with no foothpaths for pedestrian movement. As a result, the vehicular speeds on the road have fallen to an average of 3 kmph (1.8 mph) during peak hours.[8] In addition, the road has the highest number of flood-prone spots in the Eastern suburbs, with yearly flooding a common phenomenon.[9]

Real Estate[edit]

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

Conversion from primarily an industrial region to a mixed-use area began in the 2000s.[10]

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. 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.

Some manufacturing facilities continue to exist on or near LBS Road, notably Johnson & Johnson (Mulund), Ceat Tyres, Asian Paints and ShangriLa Biscuits (Bhandup), Jai Hind Oil Mills (Kanjurmarg), Everest Spices and Godrej Industries (Vikhroli).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pandurang Mhaske (29 November 2011). "BMC to buy its way into LBS road-widening". Dnaindia.com. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  2. ^ "6 months on, Mumbai's LBS Rd stretch remains dug up". Dnaindia.com. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  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. 6 November 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Crucial Mithi bridge to be shut after part cave-in". The Times Of India. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  6. ^ "LBS Marg widening: 600 structures come in way". Dnaindia.com. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  7. ^ "wrong side driving". The Times Of India. 18 October 2018. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  8. ^ "LBS Marg traffic goes from a crawl to virtual standstill". 'The Times Of India. 28 November 2018. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Road that chokes eastern suburbs has 24 floodspots but BMC has proof of job done". The Times Of India. 12 June 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  10. ^ "10-acre plot goes for Rs180 cr". Dnaindia.com. 6 October 2006. Retrieved 18 July 2013.