Ahmedabad Janmarg Limited (AJL),which looks after the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system,seems to have landed on a sticky wicket as far as implementation of various corridors in the city is concerned. In some areas,it is working at a breakneck speed while at other places,it has stopped work after a good and determined start.
Apart from the delay in the elevated corridor construction between Raipur Gate and Prem Darwaja,where work has come to a standstill,work on the Gita Mandir Road route has been stopped completely.
Initially,it had mired in a dispute over whether to make it a one-way route or a double-track corridor. But even after it was settled that there would be a double-lane route,it failed to pick speed. This time it is due to a high number of big and small temples along the two-km road.
AJL had already built the road and placed railings separating the corridor with road for mixed traffic. On the policy level,it was made clear that it would be a two-lane road but thereafter,the railings were removed and the road was smoothed without a divider. The reason given is that the railings would leave little or no space for plying other vehicles in the mixed traffic lanes on either side of the dedicated lane thanks to a large number of temples dotting the road at almost every 10 to 20 metres.
AJL is feeling too helpless to wage a battle for retrieving the space from each of these temples. There is status quo for the time being, said deputy municipal commissioner U C Padia,adding that there is no solution in sight about this problem as of now because the problem is too sensitive.
On the road from Odhav to Sarangpur,the corridor will take about two years and it can wait because unless the issue of elevated corridor from opposite the railway station is worked out,it will be of no use,said Padia,adding the clearance of elevated corridor itself will take about two years.
In contrast,work on the Shivranjini-SG Highway road corridor is on in full swing. The stretch is expected to be ready for public use by the first week of September.
Padia said the inauguration of this route is to be coincided with the September 6-8 Asia BRT Conference in the city.
Overall,Padia said,30 km of the work going on over a 40-km stretch will be completed by December this year.