Sunday, December 13, 2009

Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) on 18 more routes in Pune

After taking more than 3 years for the completion of the 14-km pilot Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is planning to introduce the same on 18 other routes of the city for an estimated cost of Rs 100 crore.
The work on 11 main roads and even other roads would be undertaken in February and completed in a year.

Few routes where the BRTS will be introduced include Mumbai-Pune Highway road, Karve road, Ganeshkhind oad and Sinhagad Road.

BRTS is funded under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

"The experience that we gained from the development work during the pilot project from Katraj to Hadapsar via Swargate will help in the speedier implementation of BRTS on the new routes," said Vinay Deshpande, PMC Officer on Special Duty (JNNURM).

The PMC will be covering 101 km road for making provision for BRTS implementation. There will be 750 new bus stops and 154 locations to cross the roads.

The new bus stops will be on the lines of that in Delhi, he said adding there will be electronic display boards to inform the arrival and departure of the buses at the bus stops.

All the work is being carried out in consultation with the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML) and according to the report of consultant company Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Service Ltd.

The pilot BRTS that was launched in December 2006 had initially faced opposition due to several reasons including accidents.

To read more, please, visit Indian Express

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