BEST looks at ded­i­cated lanes

Mum­bai traf­fic po­lice and BEST Un­der­tak­ing iden­tify stretches be­tween By­culla and Sion

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Shashank Rao [email protected]­

The BEST Un­der­tak­ing and Traf­fic Po­lice are iden­ti­fy­ing stretches of lo­ca­tions where BEST buses can ply on ded­i­cated bus lane sys­tem in Cen­tral-south Mum­bai be­tween By­culla and Sion. The un­der­tak­ing has been mulling on the project for years, namely to in­crease the fre­quency of buses and daily pas­sen­ger count.

On Tues­day, the BEST ad­min­is­tra­tion brought forth this pro­posal of theirs for which they are in touch with Mum­bai Traf­fic Po­lice as well. “We are ex­plor­ing the possibilit­y of run­ning buses on ded­i­cated lanes. This will namely hap­pen on stretches where the den­sity of the num­ber of buses run­ning on dif­fer­ent routes is high; say be­tween 125-150 buses in 2-3 min­utes. For in­stance be­tween By­culla and Sion there are nearly 150 buses that op­er­ate per minute on dif­fer­ent routes,” said Dr Suren­draku­mar Bagde, Gen­eral Man­ager, BEST Un­der­tak­ing.

Ashok Datar, trans­port ex­pert who heads Mum­bai En­vi­ron­men­tal So­cial Network said: “Ded­i­cated bus lanes are good to tackle con­ges­tion on road. How­ever, the route be­tween By­culla and Sion has a lot of park­ing on the road and fly­overs. The ded­i­cated bus lane can be im­ple­mented on West­ern and Eastern Express Highways.”

The BEST Com­mit­tee mem­bers urged Bagde to look at other stretches. “The ad­min­is­tra­tion should also study the possibilit­y of run­ning buses on ded­i­cated lanes be­tween Vashi-chem­bur and Sion-mulund,” said Anil Patankar, chair­man, BEST Com­mit­tee.

In the past, the BEST had shut down ded­i­cated bus lanes at Ban­dra Kurla Com­plex and be­tween Worli Junc­tion and Haji Ali.

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