Mumbai’s first bicycle track that was opened two and a half years ago, remains neglected with hardly any cyclists at the Bandra-Kurla Complex.
The track, which was inaugurated by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan in February 2011, is a favourite places for motorists, to park their vehicles. To popularise and promote the use of 13-km long track, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) intends to rope in private players to provide bicycles. As per the plans, those private players, who will bid for installing street furniture in BKC will have to provide bicycles to cycling enthusiast without any rental. In the first year, the agency will provide 50 bicycles, followed by 50 each in the subsequent two years and 75 in the fourth and fifth year. This means, a total of 300 bicycles will be available to pedal around the business district.
Nine bicycle stands will come up at E, G and G north blocks by the end of this year. The track was built at a cost of Rs6.5 crore. Ever since its inauguration, the MMRDA has been criticised for neglecting the track.