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High-level panel to examine BRTS option for Lucknow

Gujarat’s CEPT,Delhi UMTC both favour new system to improve city’s mobility

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: June 20, 2012 2:30:27 am

Gujarat’s CEPT,Delhi UMTC both favour new system to improve city’s mobility

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has formed a high-level committee to examine various aspects related with the implementation of Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) project in Lucknow. The committee headed by Chief Secretary Jawed Usmani will also select a consultant to prepare the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of Lucknow BRTS.

Other members of the committee include Industrial Development Commissioner,principal secretaries of PWD,housing,finance and planning departments. Divisional Commissioner,DM of Lucknow,SSP of Lucknow and vice-chairman of Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) have also been included in the panel.

UP Housing and Urban Planning Department has been made the nodal department for the project. A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) would also be formed. The LDA will function as nodal agency for the project till the formation of SPV.

In a meeting regarding the project on Tuesday,Ahmedabad-based Centre for Environment Planning and Technology (CEPT) made a presentation about BRTS and its feasibility in Lucknow before the chief minister. Delhi-based Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC) also made a presentation about the city’s mobility plan it had prepared. Both CEPT and UMTC suggested BRTS as a good option for improving traffic system in Lucknow.

The CEPT is credited to successful implementation of the BRTS project in Ahmedabad. In a two-day survey of the city traffic conducted in May,CEPT found BRTS feasible for Lucknow.

Sources said that the state government officials and CEPT experts have proposed to get 50 per cent of the project cost from the Centre under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

Sources said that CEPT has proposed to operate BRTS in Lucknow along the median of the road that is the separation between two-direction flow of traffic. “Two-lane operation of BRTS could be made at median of the 30-metre wide roads which is available on various important routes of the city. On 18-metre wide road,one way movement of BRTS has been proposed,” said an official.

It has also proposed elevated movement of BRTS on 18-metre wide roads. Elevated corridor has been proposed on the road connecting Vidhan Sabha Marg with Lohia Path in Gomti Nagar. Lohia Path can have two-lane median movement of BRTS. Plying of high-floor buses in BRTS has also been proposed.

According to government’s press release,BRTS will cost around Rs 20 crore per km.

For Lucknow

Chief Minister has directed officials to construct Railway Over Bridges in Daliganj and Puraniya and widening of underpass near Haathi Park to six lanes. He also called for finding out the possibilities of construction of an over bridge connecting Pipraghat to proposed Green Park in Gomti Nagar Extension housing scheme and another bridge over the railway track on Sultanpur Road.

For Kanpur

A delegation from Kanpur city met the CM and requested to complete the pending development projects worth Rs 6 crore. The delegation requested the government to take steps for reviving glory of the industrial city. The CM asked the officials to shift Transport Nagar in Kanpur to city outskirts. He also assured the delegation of shifting the Kanpur District Jail to outskirts. CM also assured to revise power tariff and handover the power distribution in Kanpur to private agency to improve power supply there. He assured to develop ghats along river Ganga.

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