BEST looks at dedicated lanes
Mumbai traffic police and BEST Undertaking identify stretches between Byculla and Sion
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.