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Civic body unfolds four BRTS corridors

Already struggling to ensure effective implementation of Bus Rapid Transit System on the pilot route,the Pune Municipal Corporation has now decided to start work on the four corridors — 73 km of dedicated routes connecting the four corners of the city.

Written by Express News Service | Published: May 8, 2012 1:12 am

Already struggling to ensure effective implementation of Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) on the pilot route,the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has now decided to start work on the four corridors — 73 km of dedicated routes connecting the four corners of the city.

Officials of Infrastructure Leasing and Finance Services Ltd and Integrated Road Development Project along with the civic administration made a presentation to the leaders of political parties in the city on Monday. The four routes include Warje-Kharadi via J M Road,Paud Phata-Vishrantwadi via Ganeshkhind Road,Dhayari-Hadapsar and Katraj-Kalewadi.

“We have decided to give in-principle approval to start the work on four BRTS routes. Political leaders have given some suggestions to the civic administration to ensure effective and hassle-free implementation,” said Subhash Jagtap,Leader of the House in PMC.

Congress leader Arvind Shinde said his party will study the routes before taking a stand on implementation.

In its presentation,the civic administration said they would begin the ground work for BRTS in the next two months and work on implementing the system will begin later on. There will be no dedicated route on flyovers.

The civic administration has set priorities for implementing the BRTS. It will first remove the existing punctures — gaps on dividers for pedestrians. However,other provisions,like overhead bridges or underways,will be made for pedestrians to cross roads.

Secondly,the administration will coordinate with traffic police to undertake traffic control measure on the route and ensure smooth flow of traffic. The administration would simultaneously urge PMPML to rationalise the routes for citizens’ convenience.

“We will remove all hurdles for effective implementation of BRTS. The buses will start running on dedicated routes only after the work is complete,” said civic officials.

A recent study had shown that implementation of BRTS would help reduce the number of accidents on these routes and increased frequency of buses would decrease the number of vehicles on the roads.

The PMC undertook the BRTS project five years ago. The pilot route from Katraj to Hadapsar was opposed by citizens and political parties. However,the administration continued with its implementation.

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