Bandra Kurla Complex was created by MMRDA as an alternate CBD to Mumbai, with the express purpose of halting the further growth of offices and commercial activities in South Mumbai. Currently, BKC has a total stock of 8 million square feet of office space. An additional supply of 2.5 million square feet is expected in 2012 with the completion of The Capital, FIFC and TCG Finance Centres. Over the last few years, BKC’s G Block has gained prominence as the key location within this unique micro-market. The current vacancy level at Bandra Kurla Complex stands at 16%.
Leasing and buying activity at Bandra Kurla Complex continued to accelerate during the last two quarters. The rent correction appears to be complete, with most existing buildings and new projects recording flat rates or slight increases over the prior quarter. The overall stability of the market is a sign that it has bottomed out.
With the Diamond bourse soon to be operational in 2 million square feet of premises, the people churn at BKC will increase dramatically. How the MMRDA will address the management of this sudden onslaught of traffic remains to be seen. Other areas of concerns at BKC include the continued lack of F&B outlets and sufficient public transportation. The Metro project announced in 2008 would be a game changer; however, this project has been drastically delayed. The monorail project, now scrapped, could have been a significant infrastructure boost for Bandra Kurla Complex.
Various infrastructure initiatives like the Santacruz–Chembur Link Road will help adjacent areas around BKC such as LBS Road, Sion, Kurla, Kalina and Mahim to develop, posing competition for BKC. Many senior executives who work in BKC are expected to shift their residence to Bandra, driving up residential prices in Bandra.