The Mumbai Metropolitan Area Improvement Authority (MMRDA) will quickly introduce the ‘equal streets’ idea in Bandra-Kurla Advanced (BKC). This might imply no vehicular entry in BKC for a day, enabling residents to trip their bikes or undertake different leisure actions.
MMRDA is planning to start out the initiative from October 2. RA Rajeev, metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA made this announcement on the launch of a public bike-sharing initiative at BKC on Monday.
“It is going to be just like the equal streets initiative of Bandra or the one in Bengaluru the place the roads are free for residents for a day. We’re planning on doing it each Sunday,” mentioned Rajeev, including that besides the primary BKC avenue, all roads will probably be free. The initiative in Bandra was began by a gaggle of citizen associations, organising numerous leisure actions for all age teams.
BKC is Mumbai’s topmost business hub, the place there may be not a lot exercise on weekends. MMRDA can be planning to enhance all of the footpaths within the complicated and make it cycle-friendly. The work will begin after monsoon, Rajeev mentioned.
On Monday, the authority launched Yulu bikes, a public electrical bike-sharing facility from the Raheja Towers in BKC. Round 100 e-bikes will probably be obtainable at 9 totally different areas (together with the Bandra and Kurla stations) for commuters.
“Round three lakh individuals alight on the Bandra and Kurla stations day-after-day, of which 75% come to BKC by way of autos. Whereas autos have their very own benefit, these bikes will even work to commuters’ benefit with its pricing, ease of commute and parking,” Rajeev added.
Commuters can obtain the Yulu app from the play retailer and register. When you discover a Yulu zone, you may unlock the bike for ₹5, publish which you’ll be charged Rs 1.5 for each minute. Commuters should pay Rs 199 as a deposit and also can avail the tremendous saver packs. The bikes will even be sanitised after each trip, a spokesperson from Yulu mentioned.
Madhav Pai, director, World Sources Institute (WRI) mentioned, “Mumbai wants last-mile connectivity choices and these initiatives are perfect for it.”