The implementation of the much-awaited Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) on Nagar Road seems to be getting delayed despite the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) announcing its launch on January 26. The civic administration has undertaken work to complete the neccessary infrastructure for the BRTS on Nagar Road. Accordingly, bus stops and dividers on the road for a dedicated BRTS lane are being completed.
However, the reason for the likely delay is due to the PMC’s failure to develop a proper starting point in Wagholi village where the PMPML can take a turn to get back to its return journey towards the city. “A bus stop and a 4-km long stretch to Wagholi is yet to be developed for BRTS on Nagar Road. The 4-km road is the property of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and the PMC cannot develop it for BRTS,” said additional municipal commissioner Omprakash Bakoria.
Also, land being identified to develop a bus stand at Wagholi village is being opposed by villagers, Bakoria said, adding, “They have come up with demands of water supply from the Bhama Askhed project, and exemption in payment of Rs 1.5 crore water charges to PMC. We tried to convince them to allow PMC to develop a bus stand in the area. They have submitted their demands, which would be forwarded to authorities concerned.”
A PMPML official said efforts are being made to take possession of the land for developing a bus stand in Wagholi. “PMPML is already running its buses till the village, but it would not implement BRTS unless the infrastructure is complete,” he said.
Alongwith Alandi Road, the BRTS was started from Bhosari to Hinjewadi and Ravet to Aundh hospital. It took a long time for the civic administration to complete the neccessary infrastructure as it was very cautious due to controversies in the pilot BRTS from Katraj to Hadapsar. There are efforts to restart the BRTS on the Katraj-Hadapsar route.
“The civic body would be focussing on resolving the public transport issue in 2016. Policies would be framed to ensure a paradigm shift among citizens from use of private to public transport,” Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar had recently said.
Non-motorised transport would also receive a push in the coming year as it helps resolve traffic issues in the city, Kumar had said. PMC is also planning to start work on the long-pending High Capacity Mass Transit Route (HCMTR) in 2016 with a deadline to complete it within three years.