Mumbai: The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has raised the need to construct an International Financial Centre (IFC) for development of Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) as a business centre. The plan is to house the finance offices there and develop it.
The MMRDA is the Special Planning Authority for Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) Notified Area. The authority owns lands in E and G block and it being followed as per the provisions of MMRDA (Land Disposal) Regulations, 1977 and the sanctioned development plan of BKC. The lands are leased for 80 years as per the provisions of the said Act.
“The development in E block of BKC is almost complete. We have prepared the concept plan and urban design guidelines for International Finance and Business Centre (IFBC) in G-Block and BKC area with the design assistance of renowned Architect B.V.Doshi, and Chief of Vastushilpa Foundation,” added an MMRDA official.
MUMBAI: The bullet train terminus in Mumbai will come up at Bandra-Kurla Complex(BKC) as National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRC) said the two other sites recommended by the state government were not feasible for the project.
The terminus for the bullet train had not yet been finalised even though the foundation stone-laying ceremony for the project was done in September 2017. The state government approved BKC with a rider to check the feasibility of BKC and Dharavi first.
Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) commissioner U P S Madan said, “NHSRC has informed us that the other two sites are not feasible. We will now forward the letter to the state government.” Union railway minister Piyush Goyal stated at the Magnetic Maharashtra event that the terminus will come up at BKC. Goyal was at the event to sign the memorandum of understanding for setting up the coach manufacturing factory at Latur. MMRDA had felt it will affect the International Finance and Services Centre (IFSC) building, which is also coming up on that plot. The bullet train and IFCS are flagship projects being monitored by the PMO.
Mumbai: Despite opposition from the Shiv Sena, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has handed over 0.9 hectares of land at Bandra Kurla Complex for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train underground station. Agreement papers were handed over in presence Mr Fadnavis and railway minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday.
Despite of the uproar over the bullet train issue, Mr Fadnavis is going ahead with the project and has not considered the objections raised by the Shiv Sena, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and opposition parties as well. Railways wants 0.9 hectares of land for the project at BKC to construct an underground station for the bullet train project whereas the state government has plans to construct the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) on this land. So now railway will complete the underground work considering the construction of towers that have to take place on this land, said senior officials.
Soon, the daily commute to Mumbai’s business district Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) will be more comfortable as 20 hybrid-electric air conditioned buses are likely to be launched by mid-March. These buses will run on the stretch between Bandra and Sion stations via BKC, which will cater to thousands of office goers and others commuting on the route.
The regional transport office (RTO) has registered and certified 32-seater Tata Starbus hybrid electric AC buses as technically fit to ply. These buses have been handed over to Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), which will ask BEST to introduce them to the public in the mid of March, said a Times of India report quoting a senior MMRDA official. MMRDA owns the buses, while BEST holds the stage carriage permit to ply them.
Mumbai: In a respite for office goers in Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC), hybrid buses will start operations by mid-March, said Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development authority MMRDA officials. Around 20 buses will start service by mid-March and will be operated by the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST). Last year around 10 out of 25 buses were procured, now all the buses, except two, are likely to hit the roads.
The buses will ply between BKC, Bandra, Kurla and Sion railway stations. The service is especially for the office-goers who travel from BKC to railway stations daily. Hassle for BEST buses and auto rickshaws is likely to minimise for the office goers once the Hybrid buses are out on roads.
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