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Bandra Kurla Complex to get an infrastructure upgrade


Bandra Kurla Complex to get an infrastructure upgrade
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The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has announced a revamp of the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) area with the construction of new commercial and residential complexes. The authorities are also planning to make these buildings interconnected, theoretically allowing residents to change buildings without ever going to the ground. 

The development will be undertaken in the BKC’s E Block and will include the construction of 28 commercial as well as 10 residential buildings, the MMRDA said. As per existing Floor Space Index (FSI) guidelines, the overall built-up area right now is 15.9 hectares while the balance built-up area is 10.45 hectares.

The authorities strongly believe that adopting the global FSI index will help increase the land area as well. If global FSI standards are applied, the MMRDA will reportedly get 41.7 hectares of built-up area in BKC’s E-block. Using this metric, the MMRDA hopes to earn Rs 18,000 crore using a built-up area rate of Rs 3.44 lakh per metre.

Previously, BKC complexes were only allowed to be 10 storeys or 40 metres tall. This is due to the proximity of the area to the nearby airport. However, the Civil Aviation Ministry has formally revised its regulations to allow buildings of up to 80 metres or 25 storeys.  

Metropolitan Commissioner of the MMRDA, RA Rajeev said, “Most of these buildings are 30 years old and some of them have approached MMRDA to seek approval for redevelopment. We will work on a plan to have revised Urban Design Master Plan and architectural controls for BKC.”

“We want to have a master plan with Hong Kong type concept where people can move from one building to the another without setting a foot on the ground. The architecture will be integrated with Metro station and will have ample green space and buildings will have natural lights,” he added.

The MMRDA recently opened the BKC-Chunabhatti flyover although it’s not open for two-wheelers and trucks. The authorities said this was due to the sharp curves near Chunabhatti which are deemed accident-prone zones for these vehicles.

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