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BKC: Immeasurable potential (source: mumbai77.com)

Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC): Well Planned City Within A City

September 18, 2017

The rising prominence of BKC is similar to that of the city of Indraprastha from the Mahabharata which was a magnificent city built on barren land. A similar transformation occurred in the area today known as the Bandra Kurla Complex which was nothing but marshy land. Today, the sheer number of huge corporations who have …

BKC: Immeasurable potential (source: mumbai77.com)

Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC): Well Planned City Within A City

The rising prominence of BKC is similar to that of the city of Indraprastha from the Mahabharata which was a magnificent city built on barren land. A similar transformation occurred in the area today known as the Bandra Kurla Complex which was nothing but marshy land. Today, the sheer number of huge corporations who have their offices in BKC will make a case for the locality being one of the most important commercial, industrial and financial microcentres in Mumbai. The government chose BKC to be one of the few areas to be developed so that the concentration of major commercial players in South Mumbai may be reduced. BKC, however, is much more than a business complex.

Wockhardt office BKC (source: mid-day.com)
Wockhardt office BKC (source: mid-day.com)

BKC: Enviable Location

Needless to say, this area is bordered by Bandra and Kurla to the west and east respectively. It means that BKC is the centre of the conglomeration that we call Mumbai (city and suburban). The industrial ports, the railways (Western, Central and Harbour lines), the long distance train terminuses (Kurla and Bandra), the airports, the commercial centre in South Mumbai and the entertainment industry are all easy to reach from this locality. Since it is bordered in the north by Santa Cruz where the airports are situated, Bandra Kurla Complex has easier access to them as compared to South Mumbai hence the shift in commercial power towards the north.

BKC: Great Connectivity

There are many places in Mumbai that have fantastic connectivity but none of them bests the options available at BKC. The Western Express Highway and the Eastern Express Highway are within a few hundred metres of the locality. The local train stations of Bandra, Khar, Kurla and Chunabhatti are close by. The long distance terminuses of Bandra and Kurla (Lokmanya Tilak Terminus) are also in the vicinity. The domestic and international terminals of the Mumbai Airport are also easily accessible.

The proposed metro line from Colaba to SEEPZ will have a station at BKC with a three stops trip to the domestic airport terminal and five stops to the international terminal. Moreover, it also connects to the Mumbai Central Terminus for long distance trains such as the Rajdhani Express. BEST bus services are also available for more economical transport. The most high profile connectivity option in BKC is the upcoming terminus for the first ever Bullet Train transport in India. This station will be made in BKC and will connect to Thane, Virar and Ahmedabad within three hours. In short, BKC is quickly becoming the transport hub of the city.

BKC: Excellent Livability along with Premiere Amenities

Rustomjee Seasons in BKC (source: rustomjeespaces.wordpress.com)
Rustomjee Seasons in BKC (source: rustomjeespaces.wordpress.com)

The developers participating in the planning of BKC have learnt a lesson from the haphazard development of almost all major centres in the country. As a result, Bandra Kurla Complex is a well-planned locality with excellent options for the white collar employees of major companies who have their offices in Bandra Kurla Complex. The demand for homes has been on the upswing despite the rates being almost 150% when compared to the adjacent areas such as Bandra East. Bandra Kurla Complex is a no hawker zone, and despite being a hub boasts a quiet environment, great transport options and wide roads with pavements.

The planned and controlled development of the region and the rise of luxury residential properties has made Bandra Kurla Complex a highly sought after residential area for the upper class society in Mumbai. One major advantage of living in Bandra Kurla Complex is the planned open spaces in the region. There are options for high end medical services provided by famed hospitals such as the Lilavati Hospital. There are great schools in the area as well such as the Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mount Litera and American School.

BKC: Hub for live entertainment in the city

Coldplay concert (source: dnaindia.com)
Coldplay concert (source: dnaindia.com)

Bandra Kurla Complex has been developed to be the cultural center of the city too. It has seen a number of concerts and live shows with international celebrities such as Akon, Pitbull, Demi Lovato, Jay Z, Coldplay, A. R. Rahman, Bryan Adams and Shakira among others who have been part of concerts at the MMRDA grounds in BKC. A cricket ground in BKC also hosted World Cup level matches for women apart from being the home of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA). The BKC Mumbai Marathon is hosted here every year. The Reliance Jio Garden is also a well known venue to host multi-cultural events like the Lil Flea festivals and the upcoming Ed Sheeran concert in November. The many hotels like Trident and Sofitel host cultural events, conferences, festivals and shows, drawing more eyes and footfalls to BKC. This is a marvellous transformation for what was once nothing but marshlands and mangroves!

BKC: Rising Commercial and Financial Power

The Capital building design in BKC (source: showincity.com)
The Capital building design in BKC (source: showincity.com)

As mentioned above, the number of huge companies who have become a part of BKC shows the shift in power from South Mumbai to Bandra Kurla Complex. The Bharat Diamond Bourse, National Stock Exchange and Institute of Chartered Accountant of India as well as the Family Court, all call BKC home. Major companies such as ONGC, RBI, SEBI, SBI, TCS, Amazon, Citigroup, IBM, Google, ICICI Bank and JP Morgan Chase have set up offices here. There are also many consulates such as those of New Zealand and United States of America situated here along with the British High Commission. This emphasises the importance of Bandra Kurla Complex as a central location that enjoys global standard amenities.

A huge number of big companies means a thriving workforce who would want to live close to their workplace. Thus, the standard of living at Bandra Kurla Complex is a notch higher than the rest of the city and the demand of these employees gives rise to the high end luxurious residential projects on offer in the locality by eminent developers such as Kalpataru, Sunteck, Radius and Rustomjee. The Bandra Kurla Complex can be considered an example of what can be achieved by a city’s planners when they actually plan and develop accordingly – world class and enviable!

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