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Will bring back new, improved BRT corridor, says Arvind Kejriwal

To make public transport safer for women, Rai said the government will consider having built-in GPS and WiFi systems in the CCTV cameras it proposes to install in buses.

 Delhi bus, BRT corridor, brt,  arvind kejriwal, delhi brt corridor, bus rapid transit, delhi, delhi road, latest news, delhi govt, aap govt, delhi news The transport minister said the government will interact with more people and experts and appoint a consultant to prepare a design and a blueprint to revamp the system.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, during a day-long conference on the Delhi Transport vision on Wednesday, announced that the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor will be brought back to Delhi in a new and improved form.

“The government has not been able to keep pace with the development in the transport sector so far. Public transport has a very important role to play. We have to do things on urgent basis and plan them well. Whenever we talk of public transport, we think of the poor. But when the rich chose public transport over their cars, then we will say that our system is on track,” Kejriwal said.

Transport minister Gopal Rai also said Delhi needs a body to create a vision for public transport and ensure friendly co-ordination between various agencies involved in its transport system. To do this, he said the Cabinet and the Legislative Assembly will discuss the creation of a United Multi-modal Transport Authority (UMTA).

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Following presentations by experts on the BRT in Ahmedabad and on the creation of a safe public transport system, Rai said the first impression he gathered was that the route chosen to implement the BRT in Delhi was not ideal. “…The BRT should be implemented in outer Delhi. The route chosen was not right. In outer Delhi, it can be successful if it is brought back in an improved form,” Rai said.

To make public transport safer for women, Rai said the government will consider having built-in GPS and WiFi systems in the CCTV cameras it proposes to install in buses.

At the end of the conference, experts gave various suggestions to the minister on improving Delhi’s public transport. Apart from the creation of the UMTA, they suggested that the government bring in 5,000 new buses, create three to four inter-modal terminals and incentivise residences near Metro stations by granting increased FAR (floor area ratio).

Rai said the government will also consider using spaces that are empty at night, like movie halls and colleges, for parking public buses — as was suggested by those at the conference.

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“Availability, easy access, punctuality, reliability, comfort and safety — especially that of women — and availability of information are required to create an efficient transport system. Designing an integrated transport system is not rocket science. It has been done in other cities across the world. We can invite them and ask them to design for us instead of reinventing the wheel,” Kejriwal said.

The transport minister said the government will interact with more people and experts and appoint a consultant to prepare a design and a blueprint to revamp the system.

First published on: 30-07-2015 at 03:00:45 am
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