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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

‘Side lanes feasible only on 7-km stretch’

Neeraj Santoshi, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, July 02, 2013
First Published: 11:15 IST(2/7/2013) | Last Updated: 11:19 IST(2/7/2013)

Side lanes for two-wheelers on 24-km BRTS corridor are possible for only 7-km stretch in Bairagarh (6 km) and Habibganj area (1 km).

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On the remaining stretch of BRTS corridor, it is not feasible to construct side lanes for two-wheelers at present, said sources in Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC).

Sources said that officials in BMC checked the basic feasibility for side lanes after the state assembly estimates committee, which inspected the BRTS corridor in Bhopal on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Omprakash Saklecha, instructed BMC to do so within 10 days.

Saklecha had stated that the corridor was not just about buses plying in the central lane, emphasising that the BMC also had to take care of people using private vehicles and two-wheelers.

He had stressed on the need to create side lanes beyond the pavements on both sides so that over five lakh two-wheeler owners in Bhopal can use them.

BMC project incharge BRTS Devinder Tiwari told HT that after the instructions of the state estimates committee, they checked the basic feasibility of side lanes for two-wheelers. “There is feasibility of side lanes in 6-km Bairagarh stretch of BRTS.

Similarly, there is feasibility of sides lanes in the 1-km stretch near Habibganj area. On the remaining stretch of the corridor, it is not possible at present to create side lanes. Even for the 7-km stretch, we have to seek funds afresh and get the approval from the higher authorities,” he said.

Saklecha will present his report on BRTS corridor project in the monsoon session of the state assembly in which he will highlight some inadequacies, especially in the context of the security of the people who will be using this corridor and suggest measures that will make BRTS more passenger friendly.

BRTS is a bus-based transit system which allows higher speed, capacity and safety of buses by segregating them from other traffic on a roadway into a separated bus way. Of the 24-km BRTS corridor, there is no central bus lane on nearly 6-km stretch on Link Road 1 (3 km) and in old city near Sadar Manzil (3 km).


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