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In-principle approval to scrap ‘failed’ BRT corridor

The AAP-run Delhi government on Tuesday decided to scrap Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor system introduced by Shiela Dikshit-led Congress government in the city.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 22, 2015 1:53 am

The Delhi Cabinet has granted in-principle approval to scrap the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced on Tuesday.

“This was a public demand. There have been several accidents and traffic has become haphazard (along the BRT corridor). Taking all this into account, the Delhi government has decided to scrap the BRT corridor,” Sisodia said.

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In March, five MLAs from the assembly constituencies directly affected by the 5.8-km BRT corridor between Ambedkar Nagar and Moolchand had written to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, urging him to expedite the process of scrapping the corridor.

In the letter, the MLAs, including former transport minister Saurabh Bharadwaj, had stated, “We are not opposed to the concept of BRT. But for the last six to seven years, this BRT corridor has not served its purpose at all. It has greatly inconvenienced the residents of the area”.

He also said that Residents’ Welfare Associations (RWA) in the five constituencies have all been in favour of dismantling the BRT that has led to commuter woes in South Delhi.

Several complaints about the BRT had been received from residents of the area as well, said Sisodia.

“At this stage it is an in-principle approval. How the corridor will be scrapped, what procedure will be followed — these decisions will be taken by the (concerned) department,” Sisodia said.

“BRT is needed to strengthen public transport. There are many successful models in the world. But our model in Delhi failed. Its preparations, model and design will be considered afresh,” said the deputy chief minister.

“If you have to strengthen public transport, then space will have to be provided for buses. But what model should be adopted — to prevent accidents and ensure proper implementation — needs to be discussed,” he said.

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  1. A
    Jul 22, 2015 at 3:40 am
    Wonder what these power hungry inexperienced AAP politicians are up to ??? Delhi seems to be at their mercy due to populist issues with no governance ! We have monkey's with spanners in their hands!
    1. F
      Jul 22, 2015 at 11:31 am
      I can safely ume that you are not from Delhi, and you are just commenting based upon your limited knowledge from Paid/corrupt Media.
      1. U
        Jul 22, 2015 at 4:48 am
        I am no supporter of AAP but I have to give credit where it is due. BRT corridor was one of the most ill conceived projects and greatly inconvenienced all of us in South Delhi as it created constant traffic jams. It's removal was long overdue.