Dedicated lanes for buses would soon be marked on all busy Delhi roads wider than 30 metres, Public Works Department Minister Satyendar Jain tweeted Saturday.
“Marking of bus lane work in progress. Bus lane will be marked on all roads 30m and above before 1 Jan 2016,” tweeted the minister.
The Delhi government’s odd-even formula — an attempt to control vehicular pollution in the capital — is set to be implemented for a 15-day trial period from January 1. The government had announced that about 6,000 private buses will used for public transport on the roads during this period.
Under guidelines set by the Supreme Court, it is mandatory for buses to ply on the extreme left side of roads and if they cross into another lane, they are liable to be fined by the traffic police. However, the bus lane is not an exclusive one and other vehicles are allowed to ply on them.
In the run-up to the 2010 Commonwealth Games, such lane markings had been made on the roads of the capital in an effort to instill road discipline and facilitate the travel of athletes. Police personnel had been deployed every few metres and a penalty of up to Rs 2,000 was imposed on offenders. It acted as an effective deterrent at the time. After the Games, the fines were reduced to Rs 100 and buses started straying from the demarcated lanes, said a traffic police officer.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) announced it will run a special shuttle bus service between ITO and Anand Vihar Terminal on December 22, when the city will observe its third car-free day.
“Eight buses on special route number 73, besides the usual routes, will be deployed between 8 am and 4 pm for the convenience of commuters, when car-free day will be observed,” said a DTC official.