Tuesday, November 3, 2009

3 years on, Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) still to gain momentum

Launched as a pilot project in Delhi, Pune and Ahmedabad as an answer to cities' ever-growing traffic problems, the ambitious Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) project has raised more questions then answers. The progress in all the three cities has indeed been very slow.

In Pune, according to civic officials, over 90 per cent of the work on BRTS, with features footpaths and cycle tracks, has been completed. The work on having proper bus-shelters, buses with ITS-enabled facilities has not been completed though.

The pilot project on the Katraj-Swargate-Hadapsar route, travelling a distance of 13.6 kms, was launched with much fanfare on December 3, 2006.

Transport experts have termed the pilot project as merely a dedicated bus lane project. Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal corporations have aleady started planning on 13 BRTS corridors.

Experts in the field of climate change observed that going by the success of the Ahmedabad BRTS, which became operational last month, other cities will be encouraged to take up the project on priority.

Apart from the three cities, the BRTS is presently in the planning and construction stages in neighboring Pimpri-Chinchwad, Mumbai, Bhopal, Indore, Jaipur, Rajkot, Surat, Vishakapatnam and Vijaywada.

To read more, please, visit The Times of India

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