Advocacy group stresses trials, third-party audit on new routes

Stressing that BRTS operation in new corridors being built on Vishrantwadi and Ahmednagar Road would be critical compared to the pilot BRT corridor,local advocacy group has pressed for comprehensive BRTS trials for sufficient duration and third-party safety audit of the new routes.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: November 24, 2013 1:45:06 am

Stressing that BRTS operation in new corridors being built on Vishrantwadi and Ahmednagar Road would be critical compared to the pilot BRT corridor,local advocacy group has pressed for comprehensive BRTS trials for sufficient duration and third-party safety audit of the new routes.

In a memorandum submitted to the Pune Municipal Commissioner,advocacy group Pedestrians First has cautioned civic body that undue haste in completing the work,conducting trials and putting the BRTS routes into operation would put the lives of commuters in danger and ultimately lead to failure of BRTS.

“It is imperative that comprehensive BRT trials should be conducted for sufficient duration only after all works,including footpaths,cycle tracks,safe pedestrian crossings at bus stops and intermediate locations,bus stations,bus lanes and signaling system has been fully completed. A third-party safety audit should be conducted. The safety audit recommendations should be implemented during trails,and BRTS should be put into operation only thereafter,” group convener Prashant Inamdar has said.

Lack of integrated design and drawings for a holistic BRTS plan,absence of well-planned sequential execution of work beginning from development,lack of a dedicated enforcement set up for BRTS corridor to prevent entry of private vehicles into dedicated lane and any type of encroachments and absence safe convenient road crossings at road junctions,bus stops and also at intermediate locations are some the key reasons advocacy group has listed out for ‘failure’ for earlier pilot BRTS project implemented on Katraj-Hadapsar Road.

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