Even as the city’s development authority tried to procure bicycles for use within the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), its attempt to galvanise and put to use the much-criticised cycling track within the plush business district has fallen flat as not even a single company evinced interest in the contract.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had decided to bring 300 bicycles and set up cycle stands under an overall plan to spruce up the business district by installing up street furniture. The development authority had bundled the installation of several items of street furniture and the procurement of cycles under a single contract and
had accordingly floated a tender last year.
UPS Madan, metropolitan commissioner at MMRDA, said, “There was no response perhaps because there were too many heterogeneous things bundled in the contract. We are trying to segregate the contract now.”
He added that the MMRDA is taking a fresh look at its decision to procure bicycles into the BKC. “We have to see what kind of users would be there and will decide accordingly.”
The MMRDA had spent Rs 6.5 crore to build a 13-km cycling track in the G Block of the BKC. The authority opened it for public use in 2011.
However, activists and politicians have criticised the project as the track is seldom used and mostly serves as a road-side parking space for visitors.
The development authority then decided to try out getting 250 bicycles and setting up seven stands at the G and G North blocks of the BKC, and 50 cycles with two stands at the E Block.
The idea was to let people use these free-of-charge, while the company that has procured the cycles was to get advertising rights on the bicycle shelters.
The contract also included the setting up street furniture such as benches, vending kiosks, booths for drinking water fountains, litter bins, direction and information boards.