Sukhbir wants Istanbul model of rapid transport in cities

Amritsar and Ludhiana are set to acquire the internationally recognised Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) with the project receiving nod from Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal during his ongoing visit to Turkey

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 8, 2014 4:18 pm

Amritsar and Ludhiana are set to acquire the internationally recognised Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) with the project receiving nod from Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal during his ongoing visit to Turkey.

The official delegation led by Sukhbir,which on Tuesday landed at Istanbul,conducted an in-depth analysis of BRTS on Wednesday. He held a meeting the representatives of Istanbul Electricity Tramway and Tunnel — a public sector company — which was operating BRTS in Istanbul. The company was providing transport services — trams,ferries,buses and BRTS — to a city of more than 1 crore people. It transports over 7,50,000 people every day in Istanbul.

The representatives of the company gave Sukhbir a presentation on how the BRTS was planned,designed and executed. “More than 450 buses run on this system at an average speed of 35 km per hour. This system has reduced vehicular traffic by four lakh cars..,” one official said.

Sukhbir also took a bus ride on a 52-km long route of BRTS. “This model will be introduced in Amritsar and Ludhiana in the first phase of the project. A dedicated corridor will be created for plying of these low floor buses,” he said.

Claiming that Delhi model of BRTS has failed,he added: “We have studied the shortcomings in the Delhi model,leading to its failure. The Istanbul model will be implemented in Amritsar and Ludhiana in the next two years.”

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