Delhi can do without BRT,says CRRI

Cars take 13 to 16 minutes extra to cross the 5.8-km long Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor between Ambedkar Nagar and Moolchand.

Written by Ruhi Bhasin | New Delhi | Published: July 17, 2012 12:22:00 am

Cars take 13 to 16 minutes extra to cross the 5.8-km long Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor between Ambedkar Nagar and Moolchand,which wastes fuel worth Rs 2.48 crore every year,according to results of a court-mandated study by the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI).

Rs 87.9 crore is wasted in terms of monetary value of passenger hours.

A ‘no-BRT situation’ can help reduce travel time up to 50 per cent since the speed of the journey can increase by a maximum of 85 per cent. This would mean that if the current speed on the BRT is 12.5 km per hour,without BRT the speed can increase to 23.25 km per hour.

Delhi commuters will do better without the BRT,concluded the CRRI study.

The 203-page report,submitted in court on Monday,draws a parallel of the existing system with the trial run carried out by the CRRI. The BRT had been removed for the duration of the trial run.

“Of the above scenarios,the ‘No BRT’ option yields better benefits for this corridor with the given traffic conditions. Moreover,the results of the experimental trial run conducted on the above corridor reiterated the fact that the allowing other vehicles to ply on the lane earmarked for buses was better for vehicles and pedestrians,” read the report,filed in pursuant to a PIL by B B Sharan,whose NGO ‘Nyayabhoomi’ had pointed out issues pertaining to viability of the BRT corridor.

Referring to the findings of the trial run conducted in May,the report stated that not having dedicated lanes helped reduce travel time by more than one-fourth of the total time taken on the BRT.

“Auto-rickshaws reportedly saved about 14.1 minutes during the trial run. Similarly,vehicles saved 16 minutes. Bus passengers also reported saving 6 minutes on the corridor during experimental run. Pedestrians also reported a gain of around 2 minutes,” read the report.

While accepting that buses could ply at a better speed on the BRT when compared with other stretches and that “bus users felt their situation improved after the introduction of BRT,” the report,in a subsequent paragraph,states that it could be only because most of bus drivers jumped traffic signals during BRT operations.

The report also said 71 per cent of bus users also preferred to have bus stops on the ‘kerb side’ (by the footpaths) in place of having them in the middle of the corridor.

The CRRI also put forth certain improvement measures,which included improving pedestrians’ facilities by providing “all red for pedestrians” signalling at intersections,parking regulations by removing on-street halts,providing an extra lane between Sheikh Sarai and Chirag Delhi and a service lane near Madangir,proper road signs and markings,route rationalisations,etc.

The CRRI report,which will be taken up by a bench headed by Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri on Wednesday,adds that it was “worthwhile” for the government’s Transport department to conduct a detailed study for making a comprehensive route rationalisation.

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