Thursday, November 20, 2008

Buses start run for Pimpri-Chinchwad BRTS plan

Pune, November 02 : Care being taken to avoid Pune BRTS mistakes

The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is trying to ensure that its Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) is not besieged by the same problems that the BRTS in Pune city had run into. The Pune BRTS, started in 2006 on the Hadapsar-Katraj-Swargate route, had come under a lot of criticism.

Starting Monday, PMPML will use four CNG buses for a pilot run for Pimpri-Chinchwad BRTS on the Nigdi-Dapodi route, as reported by The Indian Express on October 20. After studying the response of the pilot run, PMPML will float tenders for buses on the BRTS routes.

The work on the BRTS is on at Nigdi-Dapodi, Telco Road, Alandi-Dehu, Hinjewadi to Talawde, Pune-Alandi and Nashik highway stretch in Pimpri-Chinchwad. Various feeder routes have also been planned for commuters to reach the bus-stops on the main roads.

The proposed BRTS routes will comprise eight lanes and will have a bus lane 3.5-metre wide on both sides of the divider, which will have a width of three metre. For other vehicles, an eight-metre-wide road will be provided on either side of the divider. Footpaths, not built for the Pune BRTS, will be constructed on either side and would have a width of 5.5 metre.

Keeping needs of cyclists in mind, a 2.5-metre-wide cycle track has also been proposed on all BRTS routes.

PCMC will construct parking facilities for people using private vehicles to reach bus-stops. The parking lots will also generate revenue for the BRTS services. Bus-stops will have features like real-time display of bus schedules.

Pune BRTS came under flak for a large number of accidents, caused mainly due to lack of foot overbridges. This required people to cross the road, which resulted in accidents. The rate of accidents also increased due to non-BRTS vehicles plying on BRTS routes.

But this will not be the case with Pimpri-Chinchwad, as foot overbridges and subways will be built along the BRTS stretch.

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