After Bandra Kurla Complex, the traffic police have given partial clearance for creating a bus lane from Sion to Chembur on the Eastern Expressway. The proposal will be forwarded to BMC before being implemented, said officials of Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST).
“The traffic police has given clearance for the dedicated bus lane from Everard Nagar till Sion. This will ensure uninterrupted bus movement for people moving from Navi Mumbai, Ghatkopar and Thane towards the city,” said BEST general manager Jagdish Patil. BEST is now awaiting permission from the traffic police for extension of the lane from Sion to Suman Nagar in Chembur.
To begin with, the dedicated bus lane will operate for traffic moving south. “We will look at operating the dedicated lane from south to north at a later stage,” said officials. The BMC will have to create infrastructure for operation of the bus lane.
The roads that BEST has shortlisted for introduction of bus lanes include Dahisar to Andheri on Western Express Highway, Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road, Worli to Haji Ali, Sion to Chembur on Eastern Expressway and Bandra Kurla Complex. While the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has floated tenders for the bus lane at BKC, the other dedicated lanes will require clearance from traffic police and BMC.