Believe it or not,but the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS),despite the promise of being a dream system,has got all the ingredients of a nightmare for passengers,if not for the operators.
First and foremost are the contours of the route that would pose problems during the rainy season. The AMC goes on constructing bus shelters,but little thought is given to how the passengers will approach the shelter in low lying areas (there are plenty of them). A quick reply to this could be the Rs 300-crore storm water drainage system,but that won’t take care of the whole area,even if one believed it would become operational by the time the BRTS is launched.
Components like carriage way,cycle track,sidewalks etc,of the well-designed and well-intended road,”dedicated corridor” for special movement,will be just that. “Dedicated corridor” for bus movement,and not for passengers,the ultimate beneficiary. This is because while the high-end high-speed buses will be in the middle of the road flanked by special railings etc,poor passengers will have no choice but to stay put at the side or pull up trouser (or saris,as the case may be) to wade through the tidal waves on the road. The scene will be bad in low lying areas because water accumulation,due to increase in the height of the dedicated corridors from rest of the area,will be quite discouraging for a passenger who ventures out to brave all odds. There may be one solution to this — but then,it is bound to be at the expense of the bus operators — to stop buses till water stays. It is time the research wings of the grand project paid some attention to this and work out some technically feasible solution.