The construction of facilities on the remaining stretch of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor — from Moolchand Hospital to Delhi Gate — is nearing completion.
But the Delhi government is yet decide who will operate the corridor?
The Traffic Police has never really shown any interest and confidence in the BRT concept.
Now, the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) — government’s special purpose vehicle that operates and maintains the existing 5.8-kilometre stretch of the BRT — want to wash its hands off the second phase.
According to a senior transport department official, DIMTS has expressed its reservations against taking over the operations of Pilot B of the BRT corridor.
“DIMTS argues that the remaining 8.7-kilometre stretch between Moolchand and Delhi Gate is not BRT and does not require an specialised agency to operate it,” said a senior transport official.
“DIMTS say it is like any other road in the Capital and the traffic police should operate traffic and ensure that buses ply in left most lane of the road like it do in the rest of the city.”
The official is not authorised to speak to the media and, therefore, requested anonymity.
After the disastrous trial run of BRT’s pilot project — the 5.8-kilometre corridor from Ambedkar Nagar to Moolchand Hospital — in April 2008, the government had made drastic changes to the concept to make it “suitable to Delhi conditions”.
While buses in Pilot A of the BRT run along the central verge and private cars and two-wheelers run in the left, the Delhi government reversed the system in pilot B.
On the new corridor from Moolchand Hospital to Delhi Gate, the buses will ply on left of the corridor.
The government has also replaced kerbstone — an edge between a sidewalk and a roadway consisting of a line of curbstones — with yellow painted line to define the segregation of bus lane from the rest of the traffic in Pilot B.
“Unlike Pilot A where we have appointed marshals to prevent rest of the traffic from entering the bus lane, Pilot B will not have any such requirements,” said a DMTS official.
“We will not even require intelligent traffic signals. MCD can easily take care of the cleaning of the road and let the traffic police operate the traffic movement. We will operate the public information system."
Delhi transport minister Arvinder Singh Lovely, however, said there is no confusion on who will run the corridor.
“DIMTS will do it and traffic police will be involved for smooth operations,” said Lovely.
“Involvement of both the agencies will be necessary for its successful operation.”
He added that a meeting would soon take place to finalise the details.