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The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Mum­bai should have got a num­ber of ded­i­cated bus lanes years ago. But now that an an­nounce­ment has been made, the new pro­posed cor­ri­dors must come up at the ear­li­est. They could play a ma­jor role in un­clog­ging traf­fic, es­pe­cially on high­ways and on other roads no­to­ri­ous as bot­tle­necks. Stud­ies have shown that buses can ferry a far greater num­ber of pas­sen­gers than cars in a sin­gle hour. Af­ter the lanes are ear­marked, the au­thor­i­ties will also have to see that the kind of farce seen at BKC—BEST driv­ers chang­ing lanes and other ve­hi­cles get­ting into bus lanes—does not hap­pen there again and on the new routes. This calls for strin­gent mon­i­tor­ing and traf­fic man­age­ment. ex­ten­sion of BKC cor­ri­dor up to Sion/Kurla and Ban­dra sta­tion.”

Trans­port ex­perts said af­ter launch­ing the first ded­i­cated bus lane at BKC some month back, BEST as well as MMRDA should have made ef­forts to en­sure that the lanes are used ex­clu­sively for buses. “BEST should dis­ci­pline its driv­ers while MMRDA should en­sure that the lanes are kept ex­clu­sively for buses. Traf­fic po­lice should be posted at sig­nals to pre­vent tres­pass­ing by other ve­hi­cles,” said an ex­pert. Ashok Datar, an­other ex­pert, said the pro­posed ded­i­cated lane on Western Ex­press High­way can in­crease the car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity of pas­sen­gers by 70% dur­ing morn­ing peak hours of 8am to 11am.

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