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CYCLING TRACK IN BANDRA-KURLA COMPLEX IN MUMBAI:- Had read about the colossal waste of "TAXPAYERS MONEY" in constructing a "CYCLING TRACK" around "BANDRA-KURLA COMPLEX" in Mumbai .Witnessed this sad public project on a visit to the locality on Saturday(29-12-2012) , situated in close proximity to the " American Consulate/Library" and photographed the same.The "CYCLING TRACK" is constructed next to the pavement with trees lining some route paths , their branches expanding into the cycling track which would create havoc to any cyclist, roads being much better.The "CYCLING TRACK" tarmac is in some locations worse than potholed roads.Last and finally, which cyclist barring those staying close to the locality would ever think of going all the way to "BANDRA-KURLA COMPLEX" just for cycling?The saddest fact is that a few Crores of rupees was definitely wasted on this ill-planned project which had good intentions but was not researched consulting "Professional & Amateur Cyclists" before construction.CYCLING AS A LEISURE AND HEALTH SPORT IS EXPANDING IN LEAPS AND BOUNDS IN MUMBAI.MAKE OUR ROADS CYCLING FRIENDLY RATHER THAN TRYING TO BUILD SPECIFIC LOCALITIES AS "CYCLING TRACKS".

This Locality in the "Bandra-Kurla Complex" is a totally isolated area with huge office buildings and the "American Consulate" Estate complex " situated at the extreme end of the road.The empty abandoned "CYCLING TRACK" seems like the ruins of a ancient fort in this ultra-modern office locality of Mumbai.

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Comment by Rudolph.A.Furtado on November 14, 2014 at 11:01am

I had written this article in December 2012 as i was a regular visitor to the "American Library"  in "B.K.C".Today in 2014 the news is that the entire "Cycle Track" has been scraped after a expenditure of Rs 6 Crores + ! Read the link in "Mid-day" tabloid :-

Comment by Rahul B Mehta on January 7, 2013 at 11:33am

Hi, I agree with your observations Rudolph. I remember reading in the papers that Rs 7 Crs was spent on it when it was constructed a couple years ago. It is a sham.

That said, I work in ILFS Center building. My primary mode of transport to BKC (from Ghatkopar where I stay) is on my bike for the last couple years. And the Center allows bike parking in its basement to encourage bikers who work in the Center building. Of course, I am not sure if they would allow visiting professionals who come on a bike to park inside the Center building. Regards, 

Comment by Rudolph.A.Furtado on January 7, 2013 at 6:57am

Kaustubh, i have faced the embarrassment of being shunted out of  public office buildings a few years ago because i entered on a cycle. I have highlighted the same  on this site.Surprising, that even today "Office Buildings" like your company still consider the cycle a "Poor mans vehicle" and hence a erosion on their company brand value ? In London, the mayor rides to work on a cycle as do most Londoners, the ultimate cycling city that has encouraged cycling in recent years and a big success.Seems the "Tour de India" annual cyclothons have done little in the progress of encouraging "COMMUTER CYCLING" in Mumbai.As for the "Bandra-Kurla Cycling Track", seems it must have been a genuine  scheme that was ill-planned without taking the ideas of local hobby cyclists  into consideration.There are numerous cases where huge stadiums remain underutilised due to lack of sports patronage once the main events for which the stadium were designed ended.Most famous are the "Asian Games" stadiums in Delhi which are under-utilized after spending crores of rupees.

Comment by Kaustubh Deshmukh on January 6, 2013 at 9:21pm

Hi Sunil, My office is in Fortune 2000. they dont even allow cycles to be brought inside the building.

The cycle track is useless.


Comment by Sunil Gandhi on December 31, 2012 at 2:33pm

Also that area is infested with Mosquitoes, which would lead to some disease.  The path is made in such an area where there is hardly any necessity to commute. Also where is the provisions for parking the cycles ? None of the Building around have that. It is just a sham to make a quick buck for someone. 


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