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Dedicated bus lane at BKC to be ready by March


Mumbai : The Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority’s (MMRDA) pilot project to have dedicated bus lanes at the Bandra-Kurla-Complex (BKC) will kick off by March next year. The project is aimed to initiate dedicated bus lanes at various locations in the city and later implement the project across the city.

Senior MMRDA officials said that they are starting the work on demarcation of the lanes by January. “The lanes will be coloured in a particular scheme, and will have signage and information boards, etc. The work will start in January and it would take nearly three months. So we intend to start the service by March-end,” an official involved with the project said.

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The project — estimated to cost Rs 2 crore for a 7-km dedicated stretch — is one of the pilot projects to implement the service in the city. The dedicated bus lane is planned on the last lane towards the kerb starting from MTNL Telephone Exchange at Kurla-end till Kalanagar at Bandra (East). This 3.5-km lane on each side will be clearly demarcated by way of collapsible lane dividers and paints.

The official said that the lane will be available exclusively to BEST buses, but will allow ambulances and fire tenders to ply on it as they are emergency and essential services. According to the official, the project will provide faster and better connectivity for office-goers in the area. It would discourage private bus operators that ferry people from BKC to Bandra and Kurla railway stations.

Apart from the plush business district at BKC which has bad public transport connectivity, a dedicated lane is also planned between Haji Ali and NSCI at Worli and on the Western Express Highway.

Meanwhile, some transport experts have slammed the project as ineffective as the dedicated lane ends at Kala Nagar junction following which the passengers will have to walk down to Bandra railway station.