The fate of Delhi's first bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor — between Ambedkar Nagar and Moolchand Hospital in south Delhi — may still be hanging in balance but it has not deterred the Delhi government from planning more such bus corridors.
The transport department will soon give a detailed presentation on the proposed Karawal Nagar - Gandhi Nagar - Mori Gate bus corridor to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and will later seek the Cabinet's approval.
With the bus lane along the central verge of the road, the 5.8 kilometre Ambedkar Nagar - Moolchand Hospital BRT corridor has been the butt of criticism for its design. Senior transport department officials said they are considering different models for different corridors in the city.According to the detailed project report made by the Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transport System (DIMTS), the 15-kilometre Karawal Nagar -Mori Gate corridor will be a mix of different models.
It has proposed construction of a separate road — parallel to the existing Marginal Bund Road — between Karawal Nagar and Shastri Park exclusively for buses.
"We have not reduced the road width for the rest of the traffic anywhere on this corridor. Private vehicles will continue to have as much space as they enjoy now," said a senior transport department official.
To avoid conflict of vehicles at Shastri park traffic intersection, DIMTS has proposed construction of a split flyover for vehicles moving on GT Road. According to sources, non-motorised traffic (cycles and rickshaws) comprise almost 37 per cent of total traffic on this corridor. People travelling by two-wheelers (scooters and motor-cycles) also form almost 33 per cent of the total traffic.
Higher commercial speed (of buses), fewer conflict points (between buses and other traffic), safer pedestrian environment and minimal interferences with other traffic will make this BRT corridor more successful, a senior official said.
"The government's objective is to promote public transport,” a senior transport department official said.