The Delhi government on Monday told the high court that the “arrogance” of car users was behind the campaign to scrap the 5.8km Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor between Moolchand and Ambedkar Nagar in south Delhi.
Slamming the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) report, which said the public benefited without the corridor, the government stood by its project aimed at encouraging more people to use public transport and give up private vehicles.
“BRT projects are sanctioned for the entire country. One wrong step in Delhi may jeopardise the entire policy. The anger and arrogance of car users may not be permitted to wipe out the fragile protection of the common good,” the state said in an affidavit.
“The CRRI report is full of contradictions. It in fact supports the existence of the BRT by its conclusion that 70% of its users were moving faster and there was a 32% increase in bus ridership,” said government counsel KTS Tulsi.
“Aren’t the poor who travel by bus not entitled to travel fast? The BRT is being opposed as carwalahs are not able to travel faster than a bus,” Tulsi said.