Initially,only two buses will be running on the route in the the first phase and,gradually,the number will increase to 11
With assembly elections just a couple of months away,the much-hyped Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) for Rajkot city will finally hit the road on Monday. Urban Development Minister Nitin Patel will inaugurate the project,which has been progressing at a snails pace.
The AC bus service on the 10-km long Blue Corridor will be free for the first three months,during which elections are going to be held. While a Rajasthan-based firm will run the service,the Rajkot Municipal Corporation will bear the expense of over Rs 1.2 crore for the first three months.
Passing through the developing western end of the city,the corridor runs parallel to the 150 Feet Ring Road,connecting Madhapar Chowkdi on the Jamnagar road to Gondal Chowkdy on the Gondal road.
Initially,only two buses will be running on the route in the the first phase and,gradually,the number will increase to 11. In the second phase,a fleet off another 11 buses will be added.
In the first phase,the 29-km long dedicated corridor will be completed at an estimated cost of Rs 110 crore.
The second phase will cover a stretch of 9.16 km from the Jamnagar road to the Morbi road while the 9.14-km long Morbi-Gondal road Blue Corridor will be constructed in the third phase.
The next two corridors Green and Red from Arvind Maniyar Nagar to Saurashtra University and Greenland Chowk to Saurashtra University respectively,will be constructed at a later stage.
The project is being developed as per the guidelines of National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP) and has been funded under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
A fleet of 157 buses 70 blue,62 red and 25 green is expected to run on the three corridors.
The service,however,may not help much in solving the public transport problem of the city as the corridors are coming up only in some parts of the developing area.