Learning from the seven-day experiment under which mixed vehicular traffic was allowed on the BRT corridor, the Delhi Multi Modal Transit System (DIMTS) has decided to make changes in the signal pattern to ensure smooth flow of traffic along the corridor.
After a week-long experiment by the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), the corridor has once again been reverted to a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor, with a separate lane for buses along the central verge of the road.
Senior DIMTS officials said changes had been made in the signalling cycle on all four arms of Chirag Dilli and Siri Fort Road traffic intersections — two of the busiest traffic intersections on the 5.8-kilomtere bus corridor. According to the change, more time will be given to buses and private vehicles to move in both directions.
The CRRI handed back the corridor, which is maintained and operated by DIMTS on behalf of Delhi government’s transport department, on Saturday evening after conducting a week-long experiment with mixed vehicular traffic on the BRT corridor last week.
The research agency had conducted the experiment after the Delhi HC asked it to study the traffic flow on this corridor.
Though the corridor has a separate lane for buses along the central verge of the road, the research agency had allowed mixed traffic in the lane during its experiment.
“We have changed the signal phase to give more time to buses and private vehicles. The remaining junctions will, however, continue to function as they were, before the trial run,” said a DIMTS official.
“All buses that turn left at Chirag Dilli, will have to enter the motor vehicle lane at Siri Fort or Press Enclave depending on the direction in which they are coming. Buses wanting to turn left at Siri Fort, to go towards Greater Kailash, will have to move to MV Lane after crossing Andrews Ganj flyover,” said an official.
“Signages have been put on the corridor to guide traffic into the lanes they have to follow,” he added.