The Union Urban Development Ministry convened a meeting on Wednesday to review the Bus Transit System (BRT) being implemented across the country and said that there will be no backtracking on the project.
Mayors, municipal commissioners, traffic and transport officials, consultants and experts from 10 cities including Pune, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Bhopal and Jaipur were present at the day-long deliberations held at the India Habitat Centre in the Capital. The meeting was chaired by Union Urban Development Secretary Dr M. Ramachandran.
Officials and experts present at the meeting said there was a general consensus that a bus-based mass transport system with dedicated lane was the way forward to solving transportation problems of cities, as there is a limit to which roads can be added and widened.
Dedicated corridors for mass public transport also happens to be a part of the national transport policy of the Government.
Common concerns like safe pedestrian access, whether bus lanes should be kept in the central lane, design and traffic engineering issues were also discussed at length.
In their presentation, officials of the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) said bus passengers and cyclists were in favour of BRT and that even among car users, only 28 per cent were opposed to this form of mass transport system.
DIMTS also came out with findings stating that lane driving and signal system has improved traffic flow at the crossings on the BRT corridor.
The Centre for Science and Environment also made a presentation favouring the bus transit system.
Some of the experts said enforcing lane discipline through IT-enabled intelligent traffic management systems and strict prosecution that also provides for cancellation of license should be used to enforce traffic discipline and make road safe for all users.