The traffic chaos in south Delhi due to the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system figured in parliament for the second consecutive day on Wednesday.
BJP’s deputy leader in the Lok Sabha VK Malhotra, backed by the CPI(M)’s Mohammed Salim, demanded prosecution of those behind the project, alleging that Rs 100 crore had been wasted to benefited big contractors.
Raising the issue, Malhotra said the project for which another Rs 200 crore would be spent, had added to the woes of commuters instead of easing them. “Nobody knows where the buses will stop or how the people will cross the road. There is total chaos. Someone should be held responsible for this mess.”
When Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee wanted to know whether the issue concerned the Centre for it to be raised in the House, Malhotra said, “Delhi is a union territory. The Centre’s money is being spent on this project. The whole idea has to be shelved.”
Salim said the project was conceived because some officials thought it worked in some countries.
In the Rajya Sabha, where the BRT issue figured on Tuesday, SP member Jaya Bachchan expressed concern over the delay in providing emergency services to an ill man due to traffic snarls during the Olympic torch relay last week, allegedly leading to his death.
“Had the torch been given a farewell in a stadium, such an incident could have been avoided,” she said. Bachchan said the person could have been saved if he had been admitted to a nearby hospital when the ambulance carrying him was caught in a jam near the airport.