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Soon, free Wi-Fi at BKC for 30 mins

— By FPJ Bureau | Dec 30, 2015 12:13 am

Mumbai : By mid-2016, when you walk into the plush business district at Bandra-Kurla Complex, you will be able to access high speed Internet via Wi-Fi hotspots. This feature is part of the ‘Smart BKC’ project of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

The MMRDA has said there will be 4 mbps wireless Internet connectivity through approximately 75 access points in ‘G’ and ‘E’ blocks of BKC.

“The access to Internet via Wi-Fi will be available free for at least 30 minutes. The bids for the Smart BKC project have been submitted. Currently, the evaluation of the bids is going on and the project will be awarded by next month,” said, Sanjay Sethi, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA.

Dedicated bus lane at BKC to be ready by March

— By FPJ Bureau | Dec 27, 2015 12:55 am

Mumbai : The Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority’s (MMRDA) pilot project to have dedicated bus lanes at the Bandra-Kurla-Complex (BKC) will kick off by March next year. The project is aimed to initiate dedicated bus lanes at various locations in the city and later implement the project across the city.

Senior MMRDA officials said that they are starting the work on demarcation of the lanes by January. “The lanes will be coloured in a particular scheme, and will have signage and information boards, etc. The work will start in January and it would take nearly three months. So we intend to start the service by March-end,” an official involved with the project said.

MMRDA invites bids for Andheri-Dahisar metro line

PTI Dec 16, 2015, 09.02PM IST

MUMBAI: The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) today invited e-tenders for the Rs 4,830-crore Andheri-East to Dahisar-East metro line-7.

The contract for the 16.5-km line involves designing and constructing an elevated viaduct and 16 stations on the Andheri-East-Dahisar-East metro corridor in three separate packages.

The three winning bidders will design and construct the entire corridor and 16 stations in 30 months, MMRDA said in a statement.

Over 100 buses to ply per hour on BEST's dedicated lanes in suburbs

Somit Sen,TNN | Sep 15, 2015, 12.01 AM IST

Mumbai: BEST plans to run more than 100 buses per hour on dedicated lanes in the suburbs. The transport undertaking has initiated a study of road intersections on the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR), where BEST plans to run 156 buses per hour. The other dedicated bus lanes in the suburbs are coming up in the BKC and on the Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road.

Jagdish Patil, BEST general manager, said, "We want to carve dedicated bus lanes at seven locations across the island city and suburbs. These lanes will facilitate smooth movement of buses, improve the frequency and fetch more revenue. Recently, when taxi drivers struck work, our buses attended to maximum number of commuters."

Wankhede too far from airport, BCCI plans shift to BKC

By Amit Gupta, Mumbai Mirror | Jul 20, 2015, 08.43 AM IST

The Board of Control for Cricket in India may be in a royal mess, with two IPL teams being barred from the Indian Premier League for two years, but the board seems to be having more pressing problems to figure out. Board officials think the current headquarters of the world's richest cricket body at the Wankhede is too far from the airport and want to move to Bandra Kurla Complex.

While nothing substantial may emerge from the IPL governing council meeting that happened in Mumbai on Sunday, Sources in the board told Mirror that a lot of progress was made in a closed-door meeting between BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur and Mumbai Cricket Association president Sharad Pawar about moving the HQ from the Cricket Centre at the Wankhede to the MCA's sprawling facility at BKC. Sources said Thakur met Pawar at the Cricket Centre on Sunday and told him about the BCCI's desire to move out of the current office.

100-acre diplomatic enclave planned near BKC

Clara Lewis,TNN | Jun 2, 2015, 11.25 AM IST

MUMBAI: A diplomatic enclave spread over 100 acres has been proposed near Bandra-Kurla Complex.

It will be constructed in the present Bandra Government Colony (BGC), which according to the state's draft housing policy, "has outlived its utility" like similar colonies across Maharashtra.

MTDC proposes 24x7 entertainment zones in BKC, Mumbai harbour area and Mahalaxmi

Sunday, 31 May 2015 - 6:35am IST | Agency: dna | From the print edition

Hopes for a vibrant nightlife in Mumbai have gotten a boost, because the state tourism department is keen on opening special zones in the city for round-the-clock entertainment.

Maharashtra Tourism Department Corporation (MTDC) has brought a proposal before the state government to convert commercial areas of Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC), Mumbai harbour region and Mahalaxmi near Central Mumbai into entertainment zones.

Coastal authority nod for Bandra-Kurla Complex - Kalanagar junction improvement project, MMRDA to now seek Bombay high court approval

Manthank Mehta, TNN | May 20, 2015, 12.03AM IST

MUMBAI: The Rs 227-crore Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC)-Kalanagar junction improvement project was cleared by the state coastal zone management authority, but MMRDA will now have to seek the Bombay high court's approval as one of the pillars will damage a few mangrove patches.

The project envisions flyovers linking BKC to the sea link and to Kherwadi, and a road connecting Sion-Dharavi Link Road and Kherwadi to decongest the junction and Western Express Highway. About 12,000 vehicles pass through Kalanagar junction every hour.

By 2017, BKC may get 'smart city' facilities

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 - 7:35am IST | Agency: dna | From the print edition

Bandra-Kurla Complex will by 2017 be equipped with 'smart city' facilities such as wifi hotspots, smart parking, smart streetlights which adjust to the level of darkness, video surveillance and a special mobile app which allows visitors to file complaints about the area. These details were revealed last week by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, which has prepared a technical and financial feasibility report about the project. The estimated project cost is Rs19.41 crore.

MMRDA has said there will be 5mbps wireless internet connectivity through 74 access points in 'G' and 'E' blocks of BKC. Initial 30 minutes of surfing is likely to be provided free of cost, and cost Rs30 per hour thereafter.

Uber-rich buying luxury apartments in Bandra-Kurla Complex

By Nauzer Bharucha, TNN | 4 Apr, 2015, 11.32AM IST

MUMBAI: Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC), one of Mumbai's leading commercial business districts, is now also an enclave where industrialists, high-net worth individuals and some of the biggest names in the corporate world have booked luxury apartments.

Property market sources said they have paid between Rs 30 crore to Rs 55 crore for uber-luxury apartments in the BKC. Some of the high-end residential projects here command as much as Rs 55,000 a sq ft.

Maharashtra to develop BKC as smart city

Ketaki Ghoge, Hindustan Times, Mumbai | Updated: Feb 07, 2015 19:03 IST

Can Bandra- Kurla Complex be the country’s first international finance centre? The verdict is still out on whether the long-cherished dream of making the country’s financial capital also a global finance centre can be achieved. But, for starters, the state government is looking at setting it up as the first smart city, putting in place the ecosystem required for an international finance centre, on the lines of Singapore or London.

"We are planning a smart city at BKC, complete with Wi-Fi connectivity, CCTV-based surveillance system, electronically monitored parking, solar lights and some special apps that can be used here. To make it more lively, we have planned that all ground floors in the complex will house only retail outlets or restaurants, to make it buzz with activity like Linking Road,’’ said UPS Madan, metropolitan commissioner of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), the government agency that has developed the BKC.

Sofitel Mumbai BKC hosted the VCCCI Vintage & Classic Car Run in the city

TNN | Feb 4, 2015, 12.00AM IST

Celebrating its third anniversary, Sofitel Mumbai BKC hosted the VCCCI Vintage & Classic Car Run in the city recently.

The hotel was adorned in the grandeur of the post-Victorian era and had the who's who of Mumbai attending the event. Biswajit Chakraborty, General Manager, Sofitel Mumbai BKC, said, "We are delighted that the city has taken to the brand with open arms and been receptive to the French art de vivre and Indian hospitality that we stand for. Giving Mumbai another exclusive event, the hotel witnessed the nostalgia of the golden years with over 100 vintage cars for its anniversary celebrations.

MMRDA sets ball rolling to make BKC smart city

Written by Manasi Phadke | Mumbai | Published on:October 6, 2014 12:46 am

A few days before the poll code of conduct set in, the Congress-led Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had called for tenders to create Maharashtra’s first smart city, Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), the glitzy business district of the country’s commercial capital.

Building smart cities has been a major campaign agenda of the BJP and a dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Union government has set aside Rs 7,060 crore for the creation of 100 smart cities either by moulding satellite towns around large cities or modernising existing mid-sized cities.

MMRDA plans to transform BKC into a 'smart city'

PTI Sep 15, 2014, 07.46PM IST

MUMBAI: With a view to attract investor interests and get a premium pricing for its remaining land bank, the city's planning authority MMRDA plans to transform the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) into a 'smart city'.

"We want to provide such basic amenities that will transform BKC into a smart city, which will strengthen its brand value," Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) Additional Commissioner Sanjay Sethi told PTI.

He said the authority is contemplating to provide facilities like wi-fi in the region, smart parkings, street lights with focus on energy efficiency, among others.

MMRDA to tap tech for smart BKC

Manthan K Mehta, TNN | Apr 12, 2014, 12.30AM IST

MUMBAI: The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has decided to implement the smart city project in Bandra-Kurla Complex that will entail better management of energy, provision of user-friendly applications and enhanced security.

In the first phase of the project, MMRDA plans to concentrate on wi-fi connectivity, energy-efficient street lighting, mobile-enabled parking spot locator, smart security and a visitor-friendly portal.