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Cultural evenings may bring BKC to life after work hrs

Every evening,the plush business district of Bandra-Kurla Complex gradually empties out.

Every evening,the plush business district of Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) gradually empties out. By the time it is dark,the roads inside the complex wear a deserted look,mirroring the empty corporate glass buildings. The scenario is quite the same on weekends.

However,the special planning authority for BKC wants to change this and is looking at measures to liven up the business district,which is essentially a cluster of swanky skyscrapers and sparkling roads.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is in talks with Junoon,a local theatre group,to set up space on the banks of Mithi river running along the edge of the business district for live cultural performances.

UPS Madan,metropolitan commissioner at the MMRDA,said,“Theatre personality Sanjana Kapoor and her companions met the empowered committee with the chief secretary and expressed their willingness to put up live performances if given space at BKC. It would be easily possible for us to make a space available for cultural activities within BKC. We are open to anything that can make this place lively over the weekends.”

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The empowered committee,set up by the state government,comprises bureaucrats,city planners and members from the private sector to discuss issues on Mumbai’s transformation.

Madan said Reliance Industries and Standard Chartered had put forth proposals to beautify the Mithi river promenade in the G Block of BKC. “We have issued letters to them to develop and beautify that area. So,we have said that Reliance Industries and Standard Chartered can talk to the group to incorporate their requirements in the design.”

The MMRDA has obtained clearance from the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority for the development of the Mithi River promenade.

The development authority is also planning to open a food court and a departmental store in a building it owns next to the Asian Heart Institute.

“The building is almost ready. We will invite an agency to set up the food court and departmental store. So many people work at BKC,but there aren’t too many eating options. The restaurants here are mostly high-end. So,a food court is a necessity. Shopping facilities have also become a must with a lot of residential projects coming up in BKC,” Madan said.

He added that the Maker Group is constructing a building a stone’s throw away from the MMRDA headquarters in BKC. “They are planning to build a shopping mall in the building and a drive-in theatre at the top of it.”

manasi.phadke@expressindia.com