Wednesday, October 7, 2009

SMC approves second BRTS corridor

SURAT: The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has approved the second phase of the Rs 228 crore Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) corridor project connecting Dumas with Sarthana on Tuesday. Sources said this is the first time in SMC's history that a single project worth the said amount has been approved.

The 19-km-long second BRTS corridor will start from Dumas Resort near Piplod and connect Sarthana octroi post. A 200-metre wide BRTS road will be constructed from Dumas Resort to Anuvrat gate route at City Light. A canal corridor will also be constructed on both sides of the City Light Canal at Khatodara and Puna.

Sources said the SMC has proposed to come up with restaurant outside the bus stop, overbridge to facilitate commuters to walk on the other side of the canal, garden, link road, picnic points and light vehicle tracks.

The first BRTS corridor project worth Rs 78 crore connecting Udhna Darwaja and Sachin was approved by the SMC last month. The 10.2-km-long BRTS corridor was approved with flyover bridge, three sub-ways, walkers' track, pavement, cement concrete road, state-of-the-art bus stop.

Mukesh Dalal, chairman, standing committee, said, "The first and the second BRTS corridor projects have been approved. The construction work on the BRTS corridors is likely to start soon after the tendering process is completed."

Dalal said a delegation of the ruling party members in the SMC would go on a study tour to Pune to understand the BRTS corridor project there. Earlier, the ruling party leaders and the civic chief had been to Brazil to study the BRTS project.


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