July 18, 2009 12:32:47 am
Over a year after the government decided to switch to keeping the dedicated bus corridor to the left of the road as part of the first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor,the second phase of the corridor between Moolchand and Delhi Gate will be functional from September 1.
The first section of the BRT corridor between Ambedkar Nagar and Moolchand had faced severe backlash for creating physical barriers segregating vehicular traffic and eating into space meant for car users.
Following a meeting held with traffic officials on Friday,it was decided that the transport department,DIMTS (Delhi Integrated Multi-modal Transit system) and the traffic police will be working together to implement the concept of dedicated lanes for vehicular traffic.
Since the second phase does not have any physical barriers to segregate the bus and car lanes,the traffic police has been asked to ensure that the vehicles stick to the designated lanes as marked by a yellow line,indicating the dedicated corridor.
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Officials added that most of the civil work will be completed by the end of the project and the corridor connecting Moolchand and Delhi government will be completed by the end of the year.
While the first phase follows a different signalling system,officials added that the system for the second phase of the corridor will be similar to the signal system normally implemented on the citys roads.
The government is already in the process of finalising details for constructing a footover bridge along the BRT corridor near Ambedkar Nagar due to complaints of lack of pedestrian facilities.
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