The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is looking to strengthen the first- and last-mile connectivity from Bandra and Kurla stations to the business centre. The authority plans to appoint a consultant to design a transit system at BKC.
MMRDA metropolitan commissioner, RA Rajeev, said, “We are looking at a cost-effective solution and are open to various modes as we want to ease the commute between the two stations and BKC.”
While MMRDA had signed a memorandum with a private bike-sharing company to roll-out services between the two stations and BKC before the Covid-19 outbreak, Rajeev confirmed that the proposed system will be in addition to the bike-sharing facilities.
Despite being Mumbai’s top commercial hub, the connectivity to BKC is a cumbersome task if one does not own a private vehicle. The traffic scenario in BKC is also a huge concern. A 2017 study of the G block of BKC indicates that around 50,000 vehicles enter the block during peak hours in a day.
MMRDA is laying special focus on establishing last-mile connectivity across Mumbai. It recently approved a plan for establishing a multi-modal integration at 30 stations of Metro 2A (Dahisar-DN Nagar) corridor and Metro 7 (Dahisar East-Andheri East) corridor, expected to be operational by May 2021.