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‘If this works, we’ll have more’

The city’s first cycling track may come up in Bandra-Kurla Complex in the next eight months, says the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority that planned the project. Hindustan Times' Zeeshan Shaikh speaks to Joint Metropolitan Commissioner, S V R Srinivas, about the nitty-gritty.

mumbai Updated: Mar 18, 2010 01:30 IST

The city’s first cycling track may come up in Bandra-Kurla Complex in the next eight months, says the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority that planned the project. Hindustan Times speaks to Joint Metropolitan Commissioner, S V R Srinivas, about the nitty-gritty.

By when will the cycling track be ready?
We are hoping to complete this 12-km long stretch in the next eight months. This track will move along the internal roads of Bandra Kurla Complex. The width will be similar to that of footpaths.

How much will these dedicated tracks cost?
We have already made a provision of Rs 150 crore for improving BKCs internal roads. We are working on the cost of these tracks and will be floating tenders for the project in a month’s time.

What is the need for setting up bicycle tracks?
Globally, such systems are in place. Bicycling is an energy saving, low carbon emission mode of transport. It is a small initiative on our part to promote environmentally friendly transportation systems.

Why is the track being built now?
We are developing BKC’s 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.

Will Mumbai have more such dedicated lanes?
This is our pilot project. If we get a favourable response, we will be more than willing to expand it to other areas.