BKC to go green under new MMRDA chief

UPS Madan,metropolitan commissioner at MMRDA,has had several discussions with Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) Plot-Owners Association and is considering introducing battery-operated buses in the business district.

Written by Express News Service | Published: April 11, 2013 3:47 am

UPS Madan,metropolitan commissioner at MMRDA,has had several discussions with Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) Plot-Owners Association and is considering introducing battery-operated buses in the business district.

“To make BKC a truly international finance centre,such pollution-free measures are necessary. The proposal is in its nascent stage. Concrete plans will be worked out soon,” said Madan,who took over from Rahul Asthana in February.

Transportation in the business district and its connectivity with suburban railway stations is a serious problem. There is a severe shortage of buses and share auto-rickshaws at peak hours.

Asthana had proposed procuring 29 low-floor buses to connect BKC with suburban railway stations such as Bandra,Kurla and Sion. The plan was to ask BEST to call tenders to procure buses with MMRDA money and operate the route.

“We will look into it and decide the feasibility of procuring electric buses or regular buses,” Madan said.

The 1983-batch IAS officer also wants to revive a Rs 6.5-crore,13-km cycle track MMRDA built in BKC ‘G’ block in 2011.

The track was never used for cycling and serves as a parking lot for visitors.

“The track should be used for the purpose it was built. The problem is no one brings cycles to BKC. We are talking to plot-owners association to provide cycles on rent,” Madan said.

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