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.