In a bid to ease travel for commuters taking a bus to and from the Metro, the MMRDA has asked that 22 bus stops along the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar be moved to within 100m of a Metro station.
“We have requested BEST to move their bus stops within 100 metres of a Metro station,” additional metropolitan commissioner SVR Srinivas said.
Commuters will then find it easy to switch between the two modes of transport, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority claims.
BEST officials said they would shift the bus stops once services were ready to start on the Metro line. “We will shift the bus stops once the Metro is close to getting operational,” a senior BEST official said.
The BrihanMumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) is also thinking of starting feeder services from various areas to Metro stations on the Versova-Andheri Ghatkopar-metro stretch.
The Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar line is the first corridor in Phase I of the ambitious Mumbai Metro Rail Project.
The corridor, to be built at a cost of Rs2,356 crore, will improve connectivity to central and western suburbs.
The line will serve six lakh commuters every day. MMRDA officials claim the work on the line will be completed by March 2013, though the slow pace of work has led to doubts about the agency’s ability to meet this deadline.