Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd (AJL) is expected to switch to newer construction techniques very soon in order to expedite the time taken to build bus shelters for BRTS routes.
It has already earned a bad name for spending a huge fortune,and also a considerable amount of time,on construction of these bus shelters. The cost,which had crossed Rs 1 crore for a single shelter in some cases,is now likely to go down by a few per cent by a move to switch over to newer construction techniques.
Deputy Municipal Commissioner Utpal Padia said that a positive decision to switch from traditional construction methods to pre-fabricated concrete components is on the verge of getting AJL board approval.
Accordingly,in the third phase of BRTS route,nearly 80 bus stations will be built using pre-fabricated blocks to save time and,to some extent,cost as well, Padia said.
As many as 80 shelters will be built in the third phase of BRTS corridor that will be 40-km long,Padia said.
Meanwhile,AJL expanded two routes on Sunday. These routes run from the Visat junction to Chandkheda and from Soni Chali to Soma Textile,adding 7 km to the existing 70-km route. In all,136 buses,including 35 AC buses,are currently in operation.
According to an AJL release,commuters would now get a bus every 10 minutes from Chandkheda between 6 am and 11 pm. Meanwhile,the frequency of buses from Odhav Ring Road to Kalupur will be every 12 minutes. This bus from Odhav Ring Road will have nine stops till Soma Textile,from where it will run non-stop up to Kalupur. It will also halt at Sarangpur.
AJL has stated that with buses beginning to ply on Sundays,people living in New C G Road in Chandkheda and residents of Rakhial to Odhav would also be benefited,adding 5,000 passengers to the existing 1.25 lakh commuters.