Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday dealt the first hammer blow to start the dismantling of the controversial BRT corridor in south Delhi.
Built in 2008 ahead of the Commonwealth Games at a cost of Rs 180 crore, the corridor was aimed at prioritising public transport buses. But poor implementation and planning triggered massive traffic jams and a public outcry. Demolishing the corridor was among the poll promises of the Aam Aadmi Party.
The 5.8-km-corridor between Moolchand and Ambedkar Nagar will be completely demolished by February. Accompanied by his cabinet colleague Satyendar Jain, Sisodia took a dig at L-G Najeeb Jung and the Centre.
“They will keep on troubling us, we will keep on working. L-G might even declare this demolition null and void,” he said.
Starting the process at the Pushp Vihar footover bridge, Sisodia said the government will ensure the work does not cause inconvenience to the public.
“It (BRT) was a good system but required proper planning... I think this is for the first time that a road is being broken and public is celebrating,” said Satyendar Jain.
He said the government was marking dedicated bus lanes across the city. “Whoever tries to block the bus lanes, will be challaned Rs 2,000,” said Jain.
Sisodia said earlier an amount of Rs 50 crore was quoted for dismantling the corridor. Now it has come to `3.15 crore. The relocation of services such as water pipeline and wires would cost an additional Rs 2-3 crore. The government had cleared Rs 11 crore for the entire process — from dismantling to re-carpeting the stretch.
The corridor witnesses the movement of about 1.2 lakh vehicle during weekdays and 80,000-90,000 vehicles during weekend.