MMRDA eyes a ‘livelier’ Bandra Karla Complex 24/7; Check out how

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Mumbai | Updated: August 23, 2016 7:37:45 AM

The Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai has already become a business hub of the city, but the planning authority for the area, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, has grander plans for it.

In an effort to enliven the area, the authority has amended rules to allow for mixed-use development in the heart of the business district that will allow commercial activities in residential areas and shops and restaurants that remain open at night as well. (Source: Reuters)In an effort to enliven the area, the authority has amended rules to allow for mixed-use development in the heart of the business district that will allow commercial activities in residential areas and shops and restaurants that remain open at night as well. (Source: Reuters)

The Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai has already become a business hub of the city, but the planning authority for the area, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, has grander plans for it.

In an effort to enliven the area, the authority has amended rules to allow for mixed-use development in the heart of the business district that will allow commercial activities in residential areas and shops and restaurants that remain open at night as well.

UPS Madan, MMRDA metropolitan commissioner, told FE, “In a residential plot, we will permit commercial activity in the first two floors such as shopping, restaurants and showrooms. The aim is to make it a lively place 24×7 rather than only between 9 am and 6 pm, which is the current situation. At night, on holidays and weekends, there should be something happening. That’s the whole idea.”

The decision was taken at a recent meeting of the MMRDA. Allowing 30% of residential development in a commercial plot was also approved in the same meeting.

To make the area better connected, Madan told FE that MMRDA was expecting to get some land from Kalina University in the next few days that will be used for extension of the Santa Cruz Chembur Link Road (SCLR) to the Western Express Highway, a main arterial road that connects the suburbs. With respect to the metro projects, Madan added that efforts are ongoing “to get both the Metro Lines II and III to intersect at the proposed underground station”.

However, Ramesh Nair, COO, at property consultant JLL India, warned that BKC would lose its attractiveness if the projects were not fast-tracked. “With all the modern construction there today, every new building of a million and a half square feet means 15,000 more people coming into the area in cars, trains and buses. The government has to fast-track infrastructure connectivity projects to make the area accessible and attractive,” he said.

Earlier this month, MMRDA had put up a plot of 12,500 sq m for auction, but had to withdraw the land parcel after concerns were raised over a February order by the Bombay HC preventing any new construction in the city till all the rules of solid waste management are complied with.

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