Submit new BRT study by May 16: HC

Suggesting that the feasibility of allowing vehicles other than buses on the BRT Corridor should also be examined,the Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the Delhi government to conduct a fresh comparative study of the stretch and submit their report by May 16.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:March 16, 2012 1:02 am

Suggesting that the feasibility of allowing vehicles other than buses on the BRT Corridor should also be examined,the Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the Delhi government to conduct a fresh comparative study of the stretch and submit their report by May 16.

“The expert body,during the study,can also allow cars and three-wheelers to ply on the BRT lane on an experimental basis and make a comprehensive assessment,” said a bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw.

The court made the suggestion after government counsel Zubeda Begum informed the bench that they have already written to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI),inviting their proposals to carry out the study to evaluate the vehicular traffic and also improve the traffic situation.

“The communication states that the study would be comparative and will take into account the number of buses and car users on the BRT stretch so as to assess the realistic volume,” said Begum,adding that NHAI and CRRI have been asked to submit their proposals within two weeks. The government will then engage either of the two bodies within a week to undertake the study.

Taking the government’s letter on record,the court said the expert body must complete the survey within six weeks of their engagement and the report should be adduced in the court by May 16,the next date of hearing.

The bench also made it clear that the petitioner,NGO Nyayabhoomi,will also be allowed to participate in the survey.

The petition filed by the NGO through B B Sharan had pointed out to the court that there were over 73 lakh vehicles on Delhi roads,in comparison to 32,000 buses. The petition had demanded that for smooth traffic flow on the 5.7-km BRT corridor between Ambedkar Nagar and Moolchand flyover,private vehicles should not be restrained from plying on the bus lane.

The court had a day before rejected the government’s contention that public opinion on BRT corridor was positive. It directed that a study on its feasibility and other aspects of vehicular traffic needed to be conducted afresh.

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