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BRT to have rickshaws for feeder service

The Delhi Metro currently has a structured feeder bus service. Now, the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor will also have one.

delhi Updated: Jul 26, 2010 00:59 IST
Atul Mathur

The Delhi Metro currently has a structured feeder bus service. Now, the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor will also have one.

However, buses would be replaced by cycle rickshaws in the BRT corridor.

The government has plans to start the cycle feeder service in colonies along the existing BRT corridor between Ambedkar Nagar and Moolchand Hospital.

Once the corridor is extended up to Delhi Gate, officials said the service would also be extended to colonies along the remaining part of the corridor.

“Not just the existing BRT corridor, rickshaw feeder can be provided on all future BRT corridors too. In lanes and by lanes of Delhi colonies, rickshaws are the most convenient and reliable mode of transport,” a senior Delhi government official said.

According to senior officials, Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS), the agency maintaining and operating the BRT corridor, has already been asked to prepare a plan on how the service of cycle rickshaws can be utilised to take people from their houses and residential blocks to the nearest bus stop on the corridor.

“The High Court-appointed task force on traffic is already working on a policy for cycle rickshaws, which is at an advanced stage now,” a senior Delhi government official said.

“Once we have that policy, we will be able to utilise cycle rickshaws in a much better way,” the official added.

According to officials, the government is also contemplating connecting feeder cycle rickshaws with a call centre and provide 'dial-a-rickshaw' facility to residents who want to use rickshaw-feeders to go to the bus stop.

A similar dial-a-rickshaw service is successfully operational in Ferozepur (Punjab) where anyone can dial the centralised number and get a cycle rickshaw at their doorstep. Officials said a similar service could be provided in Delhi too.