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DDA sitting on plan to ease BRT

delhi Updated: Jun 02, 2012 00:18 IST
Atul Mathur

If it weren't for the lackadaisical attitude of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), driving along the controversial bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor would have been smoother.

Four years since Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit announced construction of a new road to help decongest the BRT corridor, DDA has not been able to hand over a small piece of land to facilitate its construction.

While the transport department and Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit Authority (DIMTS) - the agency that operates the BRT corridor - have been blamed for chaos, accidents, traffic jams and delays along Delhi's first bus corridor, the DDA is simply sitting on the proposal.

In a knee-jerk reaction to the flak that the 5.8-kilometre BRT corridor, between Ambedkar Nagar and Moolchand Hospital, received from commuters and experts alike, the chief minister announced the construction of three pedestrian bridges and a road between Press Enclave and Chirag Dilli to decongest the Chirag Dilli crossing.

While the pedestrian bridges are already in place, the construction of the road has not even started.

"We have yet to get a small piece of land of about 9,500 square yard from the DDA to start construction of the road. We have been pursuing the land department and the planning department for almost three years now. The DDA just have to shift a LPG godown from that land," said a DIMTS official, wishing to stay anonymous.

The 1.2-kilometre road and a small loop over the outer Ring Road was conceived to help motorists go towards Nehru Place from Saket and neighbouring areas without having to cross the Chirag Dilli intersection on the BRT corridor.

While DDA commissioner (planning) SP Bansal refused to comment saying he was not in Delhi, commissioner (planning) Ashok Kumar refused to talk.