Writes to MMRDA requesting the same
Mumbai : The Bombay Electric Supply & Transport (BEST) has sent a letter to the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA), requesting it to include bus landing spots or bus stops for its buses outside the Metro 3 stations.
BEST GM, O P Gupta, said, “During the planning of Metro 1, they had not taken into consideration the bus stops or landing spots for our buses outside the railway stations.”
“So, this time we have sent a letter to MMRDA, requesting it to design bus landing spots or bus stops so that commuters, who get down at stations and want to catch a bus, can directly do so without having to cross over through vehicular and other traffic,” he added.
When the MMRDA launched the Metro 3, they had failed to include the fact that BEST buses will be required to carry the commuters from the stations to their offices, homes and other destinations.
In order to fix the problem, the Station Area Traffic Improvement Scheme (SATIS) was later on introduced, which is currently done in Thane via the Central Railway and in Navi Mumbai via the City Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO).
Gupta will also propose the concept of integrated transport system to the Urban Development Department (UDD) as in Madrid for Mumbai Central.
Gupta said, “The Madrid system combines city buses, metro route buses and regional buses, that is, the state transport. At Mumbai Central, we have the railway station, the state transport depot opposite the station and the BEST depot on the opposite end at Tardeo.”
“We are sending the letter so that we can at least utilise spaces that already have infrastructure to support these kind of integration of transport for the future,” he added.