Traffic police and experts say that the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) cannot be blamed for all the accidents on its dedicated lanes. The police say that wrong entry and overtaking are major reasons for accidents.
Last week two teenagers were killed after the bike they were riding was hit by a state transport bus in a BRTS lane near Swargate. In July,two persons were killed after their car was hit by a transport bus after they entered BRTS corridor on Solapur Road.
Even though these accidents take place in the BRTS lane or on the roads that have BRTS lanes,the onus of all the accidents cannot be put on the BRTS structure. As most arterial roads in Pune have major roads cutting them,our BRTS lanes have several breaks. It has been observed that many people enter the dedicates BRTS lanes as they find them empty. Most of the accidents are caused due to wrong entries, said Vishwas Pandhare,DCP (Traffic).
Pandhare said,It has also been observed that many people who enter these lanes wrongfully tend to overspeed to get out of the lane fast and meet with accidents. They also try to overtake the buses,which can prove fatal at times.
Harshad Abhyankar of Save Pune Traffic Movement (SPTM) said,When BRTS lane accidents are discussed,the number of accidents on these lanes and those on other roads for a unit of road length need to be compared. Though no such study has been done,we believe that the numbers dont differ much. It has also been proved elsewhere that the roads where there are BRT lanes,number of accidents come down as there is division of buses and other traffic.