With bus lane shifted to the left on the new stretch from Moolchand to Delhi Gate,the company will have little scope for work on the shelters
Even as work on the extension of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor from Moolchand to Delhi Gate has been expedited post Assembly elections,the corridor continues to remain in the news for the wrong reasons.
After the first stretch of the corridor between Ambedkar Nagar and Moolchand invited backlash from all quarters,the Delhi government had around ten months ago decided to experiment with an alternate design of keeping the bus lane on the left instead of along the central verge. The change in design has now led to the transport department and Jindal Stainless Steel locking horns over the bus shelters to be installed along the new stretch.
If sources are to be believed,the company has expressed reservations about its scope of work in the new design and is contemplating pulling out of the venture.
Unlike the bus shelters along the 5.8-km existing stretch,the ones along the new stretch will have just one platform and hence less space for displaying advertisements,reducing the scope of work for the firm.
Following a meeting held last week,RITES,the project management consultant for the pilot corridor,has submitted a new set of designs for the shelters to the firm. The government is waiting for a response.
There are eight bus intersections along the first stretch,with 16 shelters with two platforms on each side,since the dedicated bus lane is along the central verge, an official explained. With the bus lane being shifted to the left now,there will be only one platform like ordinary bus stands. There will also be less space for displaying advertisements, he added. There will be about ten bus stops along the second stretch.
Jindal Stainless Steel is already working on a contract of modernising 225 DTC bus shelters. The firm will also provide landscaping,lighting,garbage disposal and security at these shelters.
While the spokesperson of the company refused to comment on the matter since it is still under consideration,Transport Commissioner and Principal Secretary R K Verma said: We have given the firm time to look at our proposal and designs and are yet to hear from them.
While the civil work along the stretch is nearing completion,agencies involved are yet to install traffic signals and signages along the corridor. The second phase is expected to be functional only after June 2009,according to officials.