Trial runs on the second segment of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor —from Moolchand to Delhi Gate —won’t start from September 1 as scheduled.
Senior Delhi government officials said the 8.7km-long stretch is still not ready to be commissioned as a BRT corridor.
“There is some civil work left on the corridor opposite the Supreme Court. We also have to find a solution to the problem of exit and entry of judges to the Supreme Court,” Delhi chief secretary Rakesh Mehta said. “We have yet to decide a new date.”
Apart from that, the work to upgrade the signalling system on 12 traffic intersections is also not complete. The new signals will a have separate signalling cycle for bicycles.
“The work to upgrade the signalling system is still on. But even if the government decides to start the corridor from September 1, we are prepared for that,” joint commissioner of police (traffic) S.N. Shrivastava said.
The Supreme Court judges have expressed their reservations on the plan of having buses in the left lane in the second segment of the BRT corridor. The judges felt that it would obstruct their smooth and hassle-free entry to the court.
Delhi government officials have met a three-member panel of judges of the apex court twice in the past few days but a final decision has yet to be taken. The government has now formed a committee to work out a solution soon.
HT had reported on why having a bus lane on the left was difficult — as there are 80 entry and exit points opening on the two carriageways of the BRT corridor apart from six petrol pumps, several offices and important destinations like the
Supreme Court, Delhi Zoo and the Old Fort.
Unlike the first segment of the corridor, the 5.8-km stretch from Ambedkar Nagar to Moolchand, buses on the second segment would ply on the extreme left lane. The government has also replaced curb-stones with a yellow painted line to physically segregate the bus lane in the second segment.
Delhi Government had earlier planned to start trial run between Moolchand Hospital and Delhi Gate from September 1.
To ensure that all vehicles stick to their respective lanes, the government has decided to deploy traffic marshals to help the traffic police.
Apart from traffic police personnel, each of the 12 important traffic intersections will have 4-6 traffic marshals to streamline traffic movement.