Once hailed as a progressive policy to ease traffic, Delhi's BRT corridor system has lost out due to "poor implementation", a study conducted by an NGO claimed.
"Three years back, we had hailed the system as a turning point for urban development, but now detailed studies have revealed that though the design of the system is good it is being poorly implemented," said Dunu Roy, Director of Hazards Centre which undertook the study.
Though 89 per cent of bus commuters and 59 per cent pedestrians found the corridor to be beneficial, the study claimed that 82 per cent of motorvehicle users, 89 per cent neighbouring shopkeepers and 54 per cent residents around the BRT corridor did not find it useful.
"Statistics clearly show that although the system has been praised by any, it caters only to a select people. This policy, like all other policies, seems to be very progressive at one glance. But when carefully analysed the loopholes are only too evident," said Roy.
Poor facilities to cross the roads, lax security to penalise encroachers on pedestrian and cycle lanes, displaced hawkers and vendors not being allowed back on the completed corridor are some of the problems cited by the study which covered seven cities including Delhi, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, Indore and Ahmedabad.
In Delhi, the BRT corridor is currently operational on a stretch of 5.6 km in phase I (starting point Ambedkar Nagar and ending point Moolchand).
The study also revealed that majority of people considered travelling to be the biggest hazard (21.6 per cent to 74.65 per cent) as motorisation of transport has left little space for them on the roads.
"Roads have become live example of space where inequality, conflict and dynamics of power relations manifest themselves in various ways," said Dinesh Mohan, the IIT professor considered the brain behind the BRT corridor.
Reassessment of the policies to introduce space for non-motorised vehicles, strict measures to curtail number of private vehicles, assessing the needs, importance and legality issues of para-transit in cities, ensuring livelihood of those connected to transportation and increasing number of buses are some of the recommendations made by the study.
"Bringing about a comprehensive improvement in infrastructure and a series of reforms will go a long way in making this venture a success," said Roy.