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A new business hub: Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai

Get to know Mumbai’s BKC area. Words by JUSTIN HEIFETZ, illustration by REMKO HEEMSKERK

The Bandra Kurla Complex, commonly referred to as BKC, is a quickly emerging financial district in Mumbai. It takes its name from Bandra and Kurla, the two neighbourhoods to the east and west.

While Mumbai’s downtown Nariman Point used to be the city’s prominent business district, much of that commercial activity has shifted and continues to shift to BKC as it rapidly develops.

BKC now houses major companies such as Amazon, Google and Bank of India. It is also home to India’s National Stock Exchange. Other facilities at BKC include a large cricket ground and a host of five-star hotels. BKC recently ranked as the fifth most expensive office market in Asia-Pacific in a report by property consultant Knight Frank, with one square metre of space costing about US$80 to rent each month.

The focal point of the area’s development is now the International Financial Services Centre, a 50-hectare financial hub that authorities aim to build as a car-free zone. There’s still a way to go with transportation: while a metro line that reaches BKC is under construction, it will not be operational until 2021 at the earliest. For now, the district suffers from heavy traffic jams.

BKC, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
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BKC City Park

This large open park provides everyday recreation space, and it can also be rented out for corporate functions.

BKC, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai

The Capital

This futuristic mixed-use building, known for the egg-like structure in its centre, was designed for energy efficiency. It also boasts the world’s largest automated car park.

BKC, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai

Sofitel Mumbai BKC

This popular five-star hotel is centrally located in the business district. It is a 15-minute drive from the airport.

BKC, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
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MMRDA Grounds

This group of open plots for rent host most of the business district’s major trade exhibitions. The venue is used for big concerts as well. 

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