In an effort to integrate bus services with the upcoming Metro 3 line (Colaba-Bandra-Seepz), the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking and the city’s urban planning body have proposed to upgrade its infrastructure at three locations in the city.
This includes remodelling of the BEST power substation at Hutatma Chowk, in order to provide entry and exits for the metro station planned at DN Road.
The proposal also includes allowing entry and exit points for commuters using the Metro at Ambika mills bus station near Nehru Science Centre in Worli and redevelopment of theplot at Seepz Bus station.
For commuters, this means better integration of BEST bus services and Metro line 3, once it is operational. As things stand, integration of public transport services is found lacking, thereby causing inconvenience to commuters.
“Currently, we don’t have the efficient integration of Metro and BEST bus services, as the required space for bus operations was not accounted for at the planning stage. However, these precautions are being taken at planning stage itself for the Metro 3 line,” said OP Gupta, BEST general manager.
The proposal has been forwarded to the BEST committee for clearance this week. In the proposal, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has planned to integrate Hutatma Chowk metro station with the BEST power substation located on DN Road.
The existing three-storey Alice building, which has a 33kv power substation, will be extended to a six-storey building to accommodate entry-exit points of the metro station, substation and some BEST offices as well.
Similarly, at Ambika Mills bus station on Dr E Moses Raod, the MMRDA has proposed entry and exit points for Nehru Centre metro station. This will enable Metro commuters direct access to the bus station.
At Seepz, MMRDA has proposed to integrate operations of the public transport system, coupled with commercial development of the plot of the bus station. However, the Seepz plot is owned by the Seepz authority and is leased to BEST till December 2028.
Therefore, in its proposal, BEST has sought permission from the committee to redevelop and extend the lease period of the plot.