You won’t get bus lane at BKC till April

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Pra­jakta Cha­van Rane pra­jakta.cha­van@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: You will have to wait for a ded­i­cated bus lane at Ban­dra-Kurla Com­plex (BKC) till April next year. Rea­son: the Mum­bai Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gion De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (MMRDA) is yet to ap­point a con­trac­tor to com­plete the work.

The bus lane, planned ad­join­ing the kerb­side 3-km stretch be­tween the MTNL junc­tion at Kurla to Kalana­gar junc­tion on the western ex­press high­way (WEH), will en­sure faster com­mute by pub­lic trans­port for around two lakh of­fice­go­ers head­ing to the Ban­dra-Kurla Com­plex.

“A con­trac­tor will be ap­pointed by the end of this month and the work is likely to start by mid-Jan­uary. It will be com­pleted within three months,” said PRK Murthy, chief, trans­port and com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­vi­sion, MMRDA.

This is the third time the project has missed its dead­line. Ear­lier, the MMRDA had planned to start the bus lane by Oc­to­ber-end, af­ter which Jan­uary was set as the dead­line.

“It is un­for­tu­nate that big­ger projects such as con­struc­tion of fly­overs are cleared much faster than smaller projects like the BKC bus lane. It is high time our politi­cians and bu­reau­crats re­alise trans­port­ing peo­ple safely is more im­por­tant than just trans­port­ing ve­hi­cles,” said ur­ban plan­ner Su­lak­shan Ma­ha­jan.

Across the world, ded­i­cated bus lanes are seen as cheap and ef­fec­tive way to en­cour­age faster pub­lic trans­port and dis­cour­age pri­vate ve­hi­cles.

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