BMC’S MO­BIL­ITY PLAN SUG­GESTS BUS LANES TO UN­CLOG ROADS

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Tanushree Venka­tra­man tanushree.venka­tra­man@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: Giv­ing BEST buses their own lanes on eight of the city’s ar­te­rial roads could cre­ate more space for cars and bikes and lead to fewer traf­fic snarls.

To this end, the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC), in its re­cent com­pre­hen­sive mo­bil­ity plan (CMP) for the city has rec­om­mended that 74.4km of road across Mum­bai be ded­i­cated bus lanes.

Among the pro­posed routes are a 25.9km stretch on the Western Ex­press High­way, be­tween Ban­dra and Dahisar, and a 19.2km lane from Sion to Mu­lund on the Eastern Ex­press High­way.

Cur­rently, more pri­vate ve­hi­cles and fewer BEST buses are on the roads, ac­cord­ing to a study of the city’s traf­fic pat­terns. The ex­clu­sive bus lanes may help strengthen Mum­bai’s pub­lic trans­port sys­tem.

This is not the first time au­thor­i­ties have mulled a ded­i­cated bus lane. In 2014, BEST ini­ti­ated a plan to start bus lanes in the is­land city and sub­urbs to in­crease fre­quency, speed and at­tract com­muters. It even did a pi­lot study be­tween Na­tional Sport Club of In­dia and Haji Ali. But the plan is stuck be­cause of poor co-or­di­na­tion.

“Of all In­dian cities, Mum­bai is the most suit­able for bus lanes as it is a lin­ear city and sees a large num­ber of ve­hi­cles and jams on most ar­te­rial roads,” said Ashok Datar, a trans­port ex­pert.

“The plan is in process. We are wait­ing for BMC to no­tify the lanes,” said Jagdish Patil, BEST gen­eral man­ager.

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