Friday, August 8, 2008

KMDA plans BRTS on EM Bypass

The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) has finalised a detailed plan for a Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) along the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass that will be submitted to the Union ministry of urban development for funding.

"We will be submitting the project report next week," PR Baviskar, chief executive officer of the KMDA, said.

The BRT project, stretching for around 20km from Ultadanga in the north to Garia in the south, would cost Rs 220-crore to implement. The Union government may contribute 35% of the project cost if it is accepted under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

The state will contribute 35% and the rest would come from the KMDA, whose jurisdiction covers the 1851sqkm of the Kolkata Metropolitan Area.

Baviskar said each 7.2m wide BRTS bus lane would be on the outer flank of the EM Bypass, to avoid the need for road overbridges, as Kolkatans prefer to walk across a road rather than climb an overbridge to cross over.

"The corridor will be wide for one bus to overtake another. But it will ensure that buses do not mingle with ordinary motor traffic," he said. There will be no restrictions or call for uniformity regarding the buses that can operate on the BRT.

"We will thereafter be taking up the BRTS on the Kalyani Expressway," Baviskar said.

The KMDA has already submitted the proposal for a 4.5km flyover that will extend the AJC Bose Road flyover over the congested Park Circus crossing and onward over the Park Circus connector to the Parama Island junction on the Bypass, between ITC Sonar hotel and Science City.

This flyover will enable traffic to enter and exit the city via the Park Circus connector alignment without getting stuck as it does now on the surface road.The flyover will cost Rs 350 crore.

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