Pod taxi service to soon be launched between Bandra-Kurla

This will ease commute to the business hub of Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC).

Pod taxi service to soon be launched between Bandra-Kurla
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The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), in a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Tuesday, March 5, has approved a pod taxi service on the 8.8 km route between Bandra and Kurla railway stations.

This will ease commute to the business hub of Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC).

It will have compact yet efficient designs accommodating 4-6 passengers per pod. It will also comprise 38 halts. Its maximum speed will be 40 km per hour. In the meeting, the Chief Minister has approved to start this project on public private partnership basis through BMC, Thane Municipal Corporation, MMRDA, CIDCO and MHADA. Interestingly, this project will help to facilitate the journey from Bandra station to BKC.

The approval of the Pod Taxi project signals a pivotal step towards transforming Mumbai's transportation landscape, offering a glimmer of hope for residents and workers grappling with the daily grind of urban commuting.

With BKC witnessing a staggering daily footfall exceeding 6.4 lakh individuals, the demand for enhanced connectivity and efficient transit solutions has never been more pronounced.

Shinde has also directed to speed up the stalled slum redevelopment projects in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).

Additionally, a joint agreement was signed between the MMRDA and the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) for the redevelopment of approximately 15,000 houses in Mata Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar, Bhandup, and Kamraj Nagar, Ghatkopar. Apart from this, MMRDA has also been instructed to carry out cleanliness drive. The project will also involve the redevelopment of around 2000 slums located between the Eastern Freeway and the Western Expressway, which will help pave the way.

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