With its past experience of executing a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor not anything to boast of, the Delhi government seems to be treading cautiously this time.
Senior government officials said a model document containing terms of reference is being prepared, which will define the scope of work for the consultants while preparing the detailed project report for upcoming BRT projects.
"It is a voluminous document that has spelled out the kind of information we expect from the consultant in the detailed project report," said Sudhir Kumar, director (works) PWD.
Prepared by the PWD, the document will be taken up in the monthly meeting of the governing body of the Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC) — the technical body that approves all infrastructure projects in the Capital on Friday. Once approved, the document will serve as a bible to the engineering consultants who prepare detailed project reports (DPR) and feasibility report on all road projects.
Transport experts have several times criticised the government for messing up the execution of Delhi's first BRT corridor — the 5.8km stretch between Ambedkar Nagar and Moolchand Hospital in south Delhi. The experts also believe that no DPR was prepared while executing the maiden BRT corridor and several changes were made last minute, and even after opening the road for traffic to accommodate changes suggested by experts and engineers.
Senior PWD officials said once the document is out, consultants preparing the DPR will not only have to look at the amount and kind of civil work required to make the corridor, but also at an integrated signalling system, requirement of parking lots, pedestrian facilities, street design, designated space for hawkers, public convenience and several other requirements for the integrated traffic corridor.
The Delhi government has decided to take up 14 BRT corridors — seven each by the PWD and the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System — of a cumulative length of 233.4 km in the next couple or years.
While the PWD has already appointed one consultant to prepare a DPR for the 15-km-long Narela-Azadpur stretch, officials said the consultants for other stretches would be appointed only after the model document is cleared by the UTTIPEC.