Mumbai

Five BEST bus terminals to get makeovers

Seamless movement: The redesign plan aims to segregate passenger and bus movement inside the terminals.

Seamless movement: The redesign plan aims to segregate passenger and bus movement inside the terminals.  

Mumbai: Five bus terminals in the city will undergo a complete redesign to segregate passenger and bus movement, starting with the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) bus terminal at Dindoshi in Goregaon (East).

With 3,243 sq.m. of the terminal servicing around 8,500 passengers every day, Dindoshi is one of the most congested bus terminals in the city. The project involves working towards creating safe access to and circulation within the terminal. Parts of the area around the terminal is also being redesigned to improve access.

The planning process, which began in late 2015, concluded recently. “We are looking to see how the plan can be implemented, especially since the road outside the terminal falls under the jurisdiction of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. We are trying to see if we can have a temporary design set up at the bus station to see the practicality of the design proposal, and how road users would respond to it,” said Priyanka Vasudevan, Managing Associate, Urban Transport and Road Safety, World Resources Institute (WRI) India.

BEST also plans to revamp the Marol-Maroshi, Santacruz (East), Bandra (East), and Goregaon Cattle Market bus stations. The planning and redesigning of these terminals has been undertaken by WRI India under the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety.

Inputs for the other four stations have been submitted from the findings of the Dindoshi project. “Some design changes have already been made at the Marol-Maroshi site, while the proposals for the other three stations are in the process of implementation. However, the project at Goregaon Cattle Market could take a while because there are problems with the site,” Ms. Vasudevan said.

The redesign plan aims to segregate passenger and bus movement, thereby reducing risk associated with speeding and obstructed field of vision of bus drivers. This is not currently the case, as buses and passengers share common entry and exit points, which is not wide enough to accommodate both.

At Dindoshi, the four bus bays are located at the periphery, compelling the passengers who are moving from one bus bay to the other to cross paths with the buses. Drivers also have to cross paths with buses when they head to the terminal building.

The redesign has proposed a central island platform with six bus bays around it, allowing passengers to change bus stops seamlessly.

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