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Citizen panel to oversee ‘holistic’ execution of BRTS

‘Peripheral work,creation of public opinion important for successful implemenation of system’

Written by Pranav Kulkarni | Pune | Published: October 21, 2013 12:58:14 am

Pune City Connect (PCC),an offshoot of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII),has teamed up with Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and PMPML to ensure that the infrastructure of the ongoing Nagar Road-Vishrantwadi-Alandi phase of BRTS is completed with due safety measures in place. The 10-member panel,formed in August,has prepared a model of the BRTS project,which incorporates infrastructural aspects.

“The system does not incorporate the completion of the central track. The peripheral aspects like signages in local language,high-mast signals,training of wardens and PMPML drivers ensure easy passage of pedestrians and other traffic,besides BRTS buses. The panel is,thus,working towards ensuring that if 50 per cent of the road is being reserved for 20 per cent of the traffic (BRTS buses),at least 50 per cent of commuters use the BRTS buses,” said PCC member Ajay Aggarwal.

Panel members say public opinion is another aspect that has been neglected in the creation of the system. “Once the implementing agencies accept that peripheral infrastructure of the road is as important as the central transit track,aspects such as land acquisition,building of walkways and removal of encroachments need to be dealt with,said Qaneez Sukhrani.

She added,“Commuters have various complaints. If not pacified,residents will agitate and oppose,thus causing a delay in the process. Dialogues with a few aggrieved parties have been fruitful.

A PCC document read,“This SPV can then take over immediate ownership of all aspects of operations,management and functioning of the hybrid transport body. Unless this SPV is formed,the corridor shall not be rolled out for public use. To initiate action on the SPV,the panel was advised to contact Pravin Ashtikar,joint managing director,PMPML”.

“The project can be successful only if the infrastructure is done holistically with safety measures in place,” said Manu Tandon.

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