PMPML’ BRTS cell head Sushma Kolhe on Monday said they were taking all steps to ensure that BRTS offers a safe ride to the commuters. “We are trying to remove all obstacles in smooth running of the two BRTS routes in city,” said Kolhe, who took charge from Mayura Shindekar who has been transferred but is waiting for her posting.
When her attention was drawn to malfunctioning of automated doors on BRTS bus stations, Kolhe said it happened sometimes due to technical reasons or due to power failure. “If it happens due to technical reasons, we make all efforts to ensure the doors are set right in no time. We have our personnel monitoring the routes through the day,” she said. As for the power failures, Kolhe said they were making efforts to install UPS so that the problem was sorted out. BRTS officials said buses slowed down much earlier before they approach the bus stops on the BRTS routes. “So the chances of mishaps are minimal as the drivers have been told to ensure that they steer at a slow place while arriving on bus stops,” said officials.
Kolhe said civic activists have been complaining about the presence of vendors at the key chowks on Nagar Road BRTS and also encroaching on routes. “We have approached the traffic police and civic officials. We will soon hold a meeting to resolve the issue,” she said. Kolhe said there were also demands to remove the bus stops outside the BRTS routes since they are not in use now. “Due to the fact that we have contracts with advertisements, we will not be able to remove them just yet. But as soon as the contracts are over, the bus stops will be removed,” she said.