For those of you who have stumbled upon this blog & do not know what BKC is…no it is not an acronym for an Indie-Fusion-Rock band. It is a short form for a prominent, posh commercial & residential hub sandwiched between the suburbs of Kurla on the east & infamous Bandra on the west of the Mumbai Suburban district. To the North of BKC lies Santacruz where the T 1 – Mumbai Domestic Airport is situated. BKC is easily accessed using the city’s public transport system i.e. the local buses, rail-routes and the metro lines as well as the Western & Eastern Express highway.
How did BKC come to being…
The story of how BKC came to be, is a pretty cool one actually. This, almost 900 acres of wasted swampy mess which was once cornered by the severely polluted Mithi River on the one end & a ravine – the Vakola Nala running through it, was good for nothing better than a dump yard. It was in 1977, that a group of great minded persons called the Gov. of Maharashtra, had a great idea to unitize this wasteland lying in the middle of City for something bigger. They entrusted this project to the MMRDA (sounds like a drug company, I know, but it’s actually) – Mumbai Metropolitan region Development Authority who managed to channelize both the Creek & the ravine hence, giving this land an opportunity for development & construction. And what happened to the creek & the ravine in the bargain…well, let’s say that everyone took away a happy story from the success of this project. The pollution in both, reduced tremendously leaving behind an area which was once, a no breathe zone cause of the stench, to a thriving business & residential hub sort after by half the city’s biggest players.
Well keeping in mind that even though Delhi is rightfully the Capital of the Country, Mumbai does own her place not just as the commercial capital of the country, but also its’ entertainment capital. And hence, the need for a clear vision by the MMRDA (again – not a drug but the planning & development authority). So, this 900-acre wasteland was to become the next “growth centre” from the Central Business District (CBD) of South Mumbai, which was most saturated even back then. Major players from Real Estate, Banking & other commercial businesses, slowly started diverting toward this hub as it offered larger spaces, more room for employment opportunities from the suburbs, ease of travel…and so much more. So, what was once built, envisioned just to take pressure off Mumbai City, has been engineered to be the main CBD of the city and is likely to take over Nariman Point by 2030.
A Look at What’s Inside
A peek inside this hub will open you to large commercial complexes housing some of the largest nationalized & international banks like BOI, SBI, ICICI, American Bank, Citibank, Standard Chartered, Etc. It’s close proximity to the International Airport but naturally magnetized the consulates of the USA, Australia, Belgium, France, Sweden, Hungry as well as the British Deputy High Commission. Other international companies too, such as Twitter India, Amazon.com, Spotify, Swiss Re, etc. decided to shift base to BKC. And so naturally, this complex had to provide opportunities for residential expansion as well…which gave rise to some of the top schools of the city like Dhirubhai Ambani International School and the American School of Bombay & further gave rise to become an entertainment hub for social and cultural events such as exhibitions, concerts, religious and political rallies, etc. JIO World, Nita Ambani’s Cultural Centre, the MMRDA grounds, all own large, open & closed spaces for hosting huge events like the G20, Miss India, Filmfare Awards, and other such functions.
So, what am I getting at with this???
Yeah! You struck gold with Indie Stays, BKC. You are just a walk away from everything this city has to offer. You will be in sprawling landscaped gardens hedged right between busy public centres and corporate offices, wide-roads (to avoid peak-hour traffic), state-of-the-art architecture, cutting-edge technology (high-speed connectivity), parking spaces, reliable power and water supply, ergonomic, energy-efficient, offices, shopping malls, lavish restaurants, cafes, pubs and various multi-star hotels catering to the needs and preferences of all kinds of tourists. BKC is that bustling space, just the kind that continues to empower Mumbai and all of it withing a kilometre’s walk away while you stay with us.