The city will get a dedicated bicycle track on the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in the next few months. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has invited tenders for providing a cycle track.
"We have appointed a few consultants for conducting a survey of the internal roads in the area and based on the findings, they will implement removable barricades for dedicated cycling lanes," Metropolitan Commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad said.
MMRDA has said that it will also provide a parking space for the bicycles.
In March, Hindustan Times had reported about the MMRDA's plans of setting up a dedicated cycling track at BKC.
The MMRDA is targeting a 12-km stretch by the end of this year. This track will move along the internal roads of BKC.
The width of these tracks will be similar to those of footpaths.
The MMRDA has already made a provision of Rs 150 crore for improving BKCs internal roads.
"It is a small initiative on our part to promote environmental-friendly transportation systems," Joint Metropolitan Commissioner S.V.R. Srinivas said.
MMRDA officials claim that this was the right time to construct a dedicated bicycling track because the MMRDA is in the process of developing BKCs infrastructure.
"It is imperative that such provisions are made at this time. If we decide to make this project 10 years down the line, the project cost will increase manifold," Srinivas said.
The MMRDA plans to expand this pilot project to other areas if this programme succeeds.