Mumbai: To provide smooth and comfortable commute to office-goers at Bandra Kurla Complex, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is set to start hybrid bus service from the first week of August.
The bus service will be operated between Bandra, Kurla and Sion suburban railway stations from BKC to provide possible connectivity. The BKC area, known as a mega business hub of the city, witnesses a footfall of over five lakh daily. On average, more than one lakh vehicles ply within
BKC. This poses as a major problem for BKC commuters to step out and reach the suburban railway station due to traffic congestion on the road during peak hours. A senior official said there are three major exits to BKC, one is to the Western Express Highway and another dispersal is at LBS marg.
“The bus services will ensure smooth and comfortable travel for commuters exiting BKC. “We are planning to start the service from the first week of August since the busses will arrive by that time.” The eco-friendly buses were purchased from Tata Motors Ltd, each bus, which cost around Rs 1 crore, is air-conditioned 32-seater hybrid series bus.
MMRDA will be introducing 25 buses in total. TATA will supply five buses every month. With a BS IV compliant diesel power the hybrid buses feature a fully electric drive train with on board charging. The minimum fare will be Rs 15 and maximum fare will be Rs 25.