Those of you dreading Phase II of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, breathe easy. The proposed dedicated bus lane on the extreme left of the corridor will not add to the chaos. Thank the state for that.
The Delhi government has decided not to operate the 8.7-km stretch, from Moolchand Hospital to Delhi Gate, as a BRT corridor.
Though no official announcement in this regard would be made, senior Delhi government officials said the government has decided not to enforce extreme left lane of road exclusive for buses “at least till the Commonwealth Games”.
“The road cuts through densely populated areas and there are several residential colonies and commercial establishments on either side of the road,” said a senior Delhi government official who did not want to be named, fearing reprisal.
The government has realised it was not practical to maintain the extreme left lane exclusively for buses, the official added. “This corridor will continue to function as any other road in Delhi,” he said.
Highly placed sources in the government said even Supreme Court judges, in their last meeting with Delhi government and traffic officials, asked the government to move the bus lane back to the centre of the corridor on this stretch.
The entry gate for Supreme Court judges fall on this stretch and the judges feel the movement of their cars would be hampered because of movement of buses in the left lane.
Delhi chief secretary Rakesh Mehta said the government would take a decision only after receiving minutes of the meeting. He, however, insisted the corridor would be made operational once the concerns of the judges are addressed.
HT had highlighted various problems motorists would if the extreme left lane was made exclusive for buses.
Motorists would have no place to park their car in case of a breakdown, to take calls on their mobiles or answer nature’s call.
The government had decided to try a new model of the BRT when Delhiites blamed the centre bus lane for chaos on the pilot project.
Trial runs on pilot project, a 5.8 km stretch from Ambedkar Nagar to Moolchand, started on April 20, 2008 and was criticised by motorists and traffic experts from day one.