No more cycle tracks for Mumbai

Oct 30, 2011, 08:52 IST | Ranjeet Jadhav
Rs 6.5 crore BKC cycling track is probably the first and last that the city will see, since commuters choose to use it as car parking space

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is reconsidering its plans of constructing cycling tracks across the city following the poor traffic on the Rs 6.5 crore track in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC).

Mumbai's first cycling track was inaugurated in April 2011 at G-Block in BKC by Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. The MMRDA in April was confident that the cycling track project would be a success, and had announced plans of constructing similar tracks across Mumbai and the metropolitan regions.

But the track ended up being used as parking space for car and bicycle users. They say the track surface is uneven and there are high chances of skidding while cycling.

Since the MMRDA's flagship project has failed to attract users, officials in the department feel the project is a waste of money, and all further plans should be scrapped.

Speaking to Sunday MiD DAY, a senior MMRDA official said, on condition of anonymity, "The cycling track project is a hopeless one. It has failed to attract users and is a big flop.

It's better not to waste anymore public money."

MMRDA Commissioner Rahul Asthana said, "The reason behind constructing the cycling track at BKC was to promote cycling. But after seeing the response we have had to reconsider our plans of constructing proposed cycling tracks at other places in Mumbai and MMR."

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