For better connectivity to airport,MSRDC mulls podcars

A new idea for better road connectivity to Mumbai airport that involves modifying an internationally accepted dedicated transport system — personal rapid transit system (PRTS) — also known as Podcar,has been mooted.

Written by Swatee Kher | Published:May 4, 2012 3:29 am

A new idea for better road connectivity to Mumbai airport that involves modifying an internationally accepted dedicated transport system — personal rapid transit system (PRTS) — also known as Podcar,has been mooted.

PRTS is defined as a direct origin-to-destination service with no need to transfer or stop at intermediate stations.

Though globally it involves individual or group travel through shuttles from point to point between dedicated destinations,the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has appointed the Delhi Metro team as consultants for a dedicated road from the Bandra end of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link towards the domestic airport. They have been given two months to submit the report. “If anyone wants to travel from South Mumbai to the airport,they have to pass through usually roadways. Instead,we are proposing that a dedicated lane be built or created for travel to the airport. The consultants will submit a report of this or any other options in the city,” said a senior government official.

Officials said the proposal was being considered for dedicated point to point travel to transport hubs — such as major railway stations and airports in Mumbai.

Officials said they have asked the consultants to indicate how dedicated lanes can be created on existing roads and flyovers or newer bridges built to facilitate this travel. Other points of connectivity under consideration are Bombay Central railway station,Bandra and Kurla Terminus.

Maharashtra government has also moved a proposal to build a coastal road around the west and east coast of Mumbai for better connectivity in and around the city.

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