BMC’S MOBILITY PLAN SUGGESTS BUS LANES TO UNCLOG ROADS
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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