PUNE: The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) plans to develop a new Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) route from the proposed Nashik Phata flyover to Wakad (westerly bypass) at a cost of Rs 107.9 crore.
This route, to become functional after construction of the proposed flyover at Nashik Phata, will link the Pune-Mumbai highway to the westerly bypass. It will also offer good road connectivity to residents of Pimpale Gurav and nearby areas to the Software Technology Park (STP) in Hinjewadi.
This new BRTS route will be developed under the Union government's Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission scheme. This is the third BRTS route that the PCMC will be developing within the municipal limits.
The two other BRTS routes being developed by the civic body are the Pune-Mumbai highway stretch from Nigdi to Dapodi and the Aundh- Ravet road.
An official in the engineering department of the PCMC said the BRTS route from the proposed Nashik Phata flyover to Wakad is eight-km long. The width of the road is 45 metre as per the Development Plan(DP). This BRTS route will have two lanes (centre) for BRTS buses, one lane as service road on both sides of the BRTS lanes, cycle tracks and footpaths on both sides of the road.
The width of the BRTS lanes will be seven metre. There will be a one-metre-wide divider on both sides of the BRTS lanes, two 7.5-metre-wide lanes on both sides of the BRTS lanes, two 5-metre-wide service lanes on both sides, 2.75-metre-wide cycle track and 1.5-metre-wide footpaths each. An official in the town planning department of the PCMC said that the road from Kaspate vasti to Wakad is 20 metre wide and needs to be widened to 45 metre as per the DP.
Siddharth Gaikwad, TNN 19 July 2009, 02:34am IST